Lot: 37

Figurally carved handle

Papua New Guinea - Lake Sentani

Provenance Size Hammer price
Ed Smith, The Hague, The Netherlands H: 9.6 inch 1000 EUR

wood, grass fibre, base

As in all of the world's cultures, artists prefer to work with beautiful tools. The present handle (possibly of a chisel) is carved with a standing male ancestor figure, which is very elaborate and finely worked.

Meyer, Anthony J.P., Ozeanische Kunst, Vol. I, Köln 1995, p. 74, ill. 54