MIDDLE SEPIK PAINTED BARK PANEL SKULL RACK
Origin: New Guinea, E. Sepik province, Middle Sepik River, possibly Sawos people Provenance: Ex. Raymond Handley collection, San Francisco (pervious owner of Folk Art International, once located in the Frank Lloyd Wright building at 140 Maiden Lane )
Period/Date: Mid 20th century
Materials: Bark, bamboo, rattan, fiber, natural pigment paints
Description: This graphic piece is similar in form to the "skull racks" used by the Sawos and other tribes in the Middle Sepik. This one was not used for human skulls but may have served as a kind of totemic "Animal Shrine" where the skulls of Pigs and other animals were placed on the bamboo spikes? In good condition with an area of surface loss toward the center right portion.
Dimensions: Length 48.5" (123 cm), Height 20.5" (52 cm)