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A Superb Old New Guinea Food Bowl Boiken People East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea

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Collection No. TB-3502
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A Superb Old New Guinea Food Bowl Boiken People East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea

This fine old and well-used Bowl / Plate is called Huamp in the Boiken language, the Boiken People live in the Prince Alexander Mountains area in the East Sepik Province or Papua New Guinea.

Beautifully carved from a single piece of hardwood with outside convex and carved in high relief with the image of a stylized totemic Flying Fox (fruit bat) with an anthropomorphic Ancestral Face. These bowls were widely traded with their neighbors and often kept for several generations as a family heirloom, These bowls when hung together in a group of two or three look amazing as sculptural artworks.  Flying Foxes are an important part of the mythological Ancestral Beings in the Sepik River Cultures.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art  : This old bowl has been one of my favorites and has been in my home for 35 years.

See my new EXHIBITIONS GALLERY  showing the Museums and Art Galleries Exhibitions that I provided artworks for over the past 40 years. There is the link to the article about my artworks published in the prestigious Louvre Magazine in 1996

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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