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A Fine Old New Guinea Maternity Sculpture Kambot Village Yuat River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea

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Collection No. T-5457
Size Height 41cm
New Guinea Oceanic Art
New Guinea & Oceanic Art
Asian Buddhist Art
Australia Aboriginal Bark Painting

A Fine Old New Guinea Maternity Sculpture by the famous Kambot Artist Ignas Keram from Kambot Village in the Yuat River area of the East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea

This beautifully carved Maternity Ancestor Figure is by the famous Kambot Artist Ignas Keram, his sculptures have been well known since at least the 1970s when this sculpture was likely made.

Keram’s unique style shows a mother sitting and breastfeeding her baby, an everyday event where both mother & baby have a cheerful look with prominent round eyes. The mother has tattoo designs on her face & chest.

I find this sculpture has a softness & warmth and something optimistic about his style.  I have had several carvings by Ignas Keram but I think this is the best one I saw and when it came up for sale I immediately bought it.  I hear regularly about “the Age of Oceanic Artworks” Age is one aspect of artwork but I think what is the most important is choosing an artwork that you find beautiful & engaging to look at. This figure is a good example, the figure is only 50 years old but to me, it’s beautiful artwork & I enjoy it as much as any older sculpture.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art 

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I have artwork for Museums and art Galleries but also for collectors at every stage of their collecting. I want to encourage people to explore the fine art of New Guinea & West Papua and the Pacific Islands and to be able to see and touch the artworks in a relaxed and friendly manner in my Sydney Gallery. I would like to invite you to visit my gallery and see the artworks in person and also look at my website www.oceanicartsaustralia.com where there are many Galleries & Sub Galleries to explore.

My Gallery of nearly 40 years is the last physical gallery in Sydney that specializes in New Guinea and Oceanic Art.  Sydney is very close to New Guinea & the Pacific Islands where all of these amazing artworks came from, Australia’s closest neighbors.


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