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
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.