Spear Thrower Ornament Karawari River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
This beautiful small scale carving was used on a traditional Spear Thrower used in the Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea. When you look closely at this carvings outer curved edge of the carving you will see four small stylised faces in profile, this is the great imagination of the artist , the open section is like the larger scale Karawari River Cult Figures that have hooks as their body. Karawari River sculptures are some of the most beautiful & iconic artworks made in the Sepik River areas.
This little carving was originally attached to a larger piece that was the spear thrower ( see above a photo of a whole Spear Thrower with the ornament attached) .
Provenance: Collected by Albert Gross in the Sepik River area in the 1930’s
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