Ancestor Figure, Keram River, East Sepik Papua New Guinea 1967
This fine old & well-used ancestor figure was field Collected by Peter Mann 1967 on the Keram River which is in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Mann made one extended field collection expedition in 1967 where he spent several months travelling to as many remote villages as possible. The collection of hundreds of pieces was stored in their family home until sold to the very experienced and knowledgeable art dealer Alex Philips. Ancestor Figures like this ones represented important clan ancestors and each figure had a personal name. These figures brought protection to the clans that owned them, they were kept in the Men’s Ceremonial Houses along with sacred musical instruments like pairs of flutes and slit gong drums that were used during the initiation of young men.
This old figure dates from the early 20th Century
This figure is very similar to another figure published in the superb book ” Oceanic Art ” by Anthony Meyer 1995 : Figure 209 that was collected on the Pora Pora River.
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