Guinea, E. Sepik Province, Lower Sepik, possibly Keram River?
French collection. Ex. Michel Thieme- Amsterdam)
Bush string, plated fiber, Nassa and Cowrie shells, trade bead, red pigment
a monumental miniature with fabulous presence and impact! It would
have been worn on the body for protection during hunting, warfare or canoe
journeys. The zoomorphic spirit figure is rendered with a
tapering snout with large circular dished eyes embellished with nassa
shells. There is remnant red pigment in the eye
cavity. The singular blue glass trade bead would have increased
the status and prestige for the owner. This object is also in
the category of "wealth object" in my view and could have been an
important trade object as well. In good condition with some
fading and showing wear and use. Presented on a custom metal
Length 5" (13 cm), Width 3.25" (8.5 cm)
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