NEW GUINEA PAPUAN GULF "BIOMA" MALE FIGURE
New Guinea, Papuan Gulf, Likely Era River
Period/Date: First quarter of the 20th century
Materials: Hardwood cut from the side of a canoe, natural earth pigments
Description: As with most "bioma" figures this one was cut from the side of a very old canoe after being retired. The wood is really old on this one and could easily be 19th century. It has good scale, almost being 4 feet tall, and has layers of red and white pigments intact. The backside is uniformly concave until you reach up to the shoulders, at which point the head is twisted to the right. This subtle feature gives the piece character and movement (I tried to capture this in the 4th photo down). There are a few old glued mends; one to the left side of the head and others to appendages (right leg) but its integrity is very sound. These are getting hard to find as they become more popular with collectors of contemporary and modern art.
Dimensions: Height: 44.75" (113.5 cm), Width 10.25" (26 cm)
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