Food Pounder 19th C. Sepik River. Papua New Guinea
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.
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