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Ceremonial Carving Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. TB-3478
Size 58cm
Ceremonial Carving Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea
Ceremonial Carving Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea
Ceremonial Carving Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea
Ceremonial Carving Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea

This old and used ceremonial carving of a Wild Boars Head is from the Middle Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea.  The people of the Middle Sepik River area were great artists that made beautiful wood sculptures that were used in their traditional ceremonies based around the Men’s Ceremonial House or Haus Tambaran.  Totemic Animals feature widely in Sepik River Art, this Wild Boars Head carved in naturalistic style and at the back there is a square lug were this carving  was attached to a larger structure.  I don’t know exactly how it was used but I have see more than one example of this type of figure. If anyone knows exactly how it was used I would appreciate to hear fromn you.   Wild Boars are strong animals that can be very aggressive.  This carving would date from the 1940s-1950s

Provenance:  Bill Evans Caspian Gallery Sydney Australia

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