Origin: New Guinea, N. of the Middle Sepik River, Prince Alexander Mountains, Yangoru/ Boiken, or Arapesh as the label says. (Provenance: Ex. collection of Lawrence Bishop, Indiana. Originally purchased from George Craig in the 1970s-- see label)
Materials: Shell, wickerwork, Ocher Pigments, Cassowary Bird Feathers
Description: These objects were used in conjunction with the tridacna clam shell rings when paying bride price. This classic example has a serene face, having a puckered mouth and broad pierced septum. It retains much of its feathers. It shows long use and has layers of ritual pigments.
Dimensions: Height 15" (30 cm), Width 7" (18 cm)