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Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century


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Collection No. TB-2621
Size Height 54cm
Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century
Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century
Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century
Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century
Food Pounder Sepik 19th Century

This superb old Food Pounder from the Coastal Sepik Area or Schouten Islands was used for smashing taro root into a pudding. The finial is in the form of a standing male ancestor figure with a possum or cuscus on their head.  Carved from a single piece hardwood and it has a deep dark patina from years of use and being stored in a smokey house.  Old pounders like this one were family heirlooms passed down through generations. Provenance: The Dr Peter Elliot Collection Sydney Australia ( 1927-2014) Dr Elliot was a great collector of Oceanic Art an Indonesian art and Australia, parts of his collection is now in major public collections around Australia.