Papuan Gulf Figure

Papuan Gulf Figure from the Namau People Purari River Delta.

Object Type: Sculpture

Locality: Purari River Delta Papuan Gulf, Papua New guinea

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1950

Height: 58 cm

Description: This figure has a raised nose and pierced ears typical of figures made for worship made prior to the 1950’s.It is a female figure and the sex is clearly indicated making it a pre christian example.  The figure has a good patina and 3 dimensional sculpture from this area is extremely rare.


Price: $5500 AUD






Left:  Note the ears are pierced and that the nose is raised. Piercing of the ears was a part of the female initiation ceremony.


The white U shape indicates a kina shell pectoral.


Unlike later carvings from this area the designs on the figure are in relief and the sculpture is not made to stand up.

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Papuan gulf sculpture from the Purari delta

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