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Food Pounder, Boiken People East Sepik Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. A-41
Size Height 82cm
Food Pounder, Boiken People East Sepik Papua New Guinea
Food Pounder, Boiken People East Sepik Papua New Guinea

This very old and well used Food Pounder is from the Abelam / Boiken People in the Sepik Plains area of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.  This old Pounder was used for preparing food like mashing cooked Taro or Banana or cracking hard nut shells.  The final is carved in the form of an ancestors head in a Abelam style. Carved from a single piece of hardwood and with a ancient crusty patina from long use,  the very unusual aspect of this Pounder is that the back of the ancestors head has a recessed cavity which can clearly be seen on the photo of the back of this old object.  Perhaps there is someone who knows why it has a hollow cavity on the back of the ancestors head, if you know why please let me know .

Dating from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century.  Provenance : Harold John Murray (1898-1968) Colonial Officer in the mandated territory of New Guinea from 1921

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