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Plate or Shallow Bowl, Boiken People, East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. D-369
Size (33 cm)
Plate or Shallow Bowl, Boiken People, East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
Plate or Shallow Bowl, Boiken People, East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea

This large old well used and beautifully carved plate is from the Boiken People in the East Sepik Province or Papua New Guinea. Made from a single piece of hardwood with a shallow bowl inside & the outside convex and carved in high relief with the image of a stylised Flying Fox also called a “Fruit Bat” . In the centre  of the flying fox is a upraised circle with motifs inside that are described by the Sepik Art expert Helen Dennet as a “crab ” design,  The bowl shows great age with deep old patina from handling and use and is from the early 20th Century.

It comes with a fine custom made stand

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