PRE-CONTACT STONE-CARVED LOWER SEPIK ANCESTOR HOOK W/ DUAL FACES

 

Origin: New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Lower Sepik River  Provenance: Ex. Christies London, March 18th 1980, lot 108 (sell illustration at bottom).   Ex. Leo Fortess Collection Hawaii, Ex. Michael Hamson- Palos Verdes CA, Ex. Dr. Fred Corio Collection, New Jersey.

Period/Date:  19th century

Materials: Hardwood, charcoal, and earth pigments (red ocher & lime)

Description:  This small suspension hook is stone-carved and has significant age!  Unlike some early Sepik pieces, this example has a sweet sensitive aesthetic from top to bottom, yet also exuding strength and power.  The hook itself emerges out of the abdomen of the top ancestor figure and is also the nose of the opposing figure!   They also share arms which gives the sculpture added transformational qualities.   The torso is thin and elegant with evident stone tool marks.   The bottom ancestor face is fine quality and is better than many flute masks in my opinion.  In fine condition retaining about 70 percent of its original pigments.  Original descriptive tags attached with white string.  Presented on a custom metal display stand.

I noted there are no dual-face hooks of its type illustrated in "Kunst Vom Sepik", only single face examples.  

Dimensions:   Height: 14.75"  (37.5 cm), Width 3 5/8"  (9.4 cm)

Price:    $7400

                                          

While I don't own this 1980 catalog, here is a photocopy of the page

 

 

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