Spirit Figure Goam River Ramu Area Madang Province Papua New Guinea
This interesting ancestor figure is from the Goam or Misingini River in the Middle Ramu area of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea. This type of figure often has a series of hooks that make up the face but in this example, there is the primary standing figure that has three bird man faces or masks on top of him.
In this sculpture, the genius of the artist and his skill are clear to see. The figure has a good balance with the stacking of the figures and all of the faces appear to be men with incised beards.
When I bought the figure it had no way to stand independently before it got a custom-made wood stand. The photos above don’t show the stand as they were deep etched.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art.
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