Origin: Oceanic culture unknown, Micronesia (?), Admiralty Islands (?) (Provenance: Ex. Bill Evans, Sydney Australia)
Period/Date: Mid 20th century, possibly older
Materials: Wood, polychrome paint
Description: This is a fun bowl with angled legs and two back-to-back folky looking figures but its origin remains a mystery. The standing figures with baby-like faces having arms positioned at the waist were carved separately and joined with pegs. Identifying the piece is likely difficult since its shows transitional influence and inventiveness, whereby the craftsman followed a different path than cultural traditions. It retains about two thirds of its red ocher painted decoration on the figures, in two bands around the top, triangles underneath the figures and applied in rings at top of the feet. It definitely has age and is in good condition with a semi-encrusted patina.
Dimensions: Overall Height 11.5" (29.5 cm), Width 12.5" (32 cm)