NEW GUINEA YANGORU/ BOIKEN "TALIPUN" BRIDE PRICE

   

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)

Period/Date:  1930's-40s

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)

Price: sold    

 

 

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