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Old Figure Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. TB-1144
Size 43 x 22cm
Old Figure Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea
Old Figure Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea
Old Figure Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea
Old Figure Papuan Gulf Area Papua New Guinea

This fine old ancestor figure is from the Wapo Creek Area in the Papuan Gulf on the south coast of Papua New Guinea. In the form of  dancing ancestor figure with shortened arms. This figure has old patina from handling meaning it was likely used as a personal amulet figure  for magic such as success in hunting, controlling the weather or protection from malevolent spirits.  It comes on a custom made stand that lets the figure dance as without the stand the figure cant stand up independently.

Provenance:  Collected by the crocodile hunter George Craig in the late 1960’s.

References:

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance : Art & Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea 2006 Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College in New Hampshire USA .

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