OUTSTANDING ABELAM CEREMONIAL YAM STICK W/ JANUS FACES
Origin: New Guinea, N. Middle Sepik, Prince Alexander Mountains (Provenance: Ex. Rudy Ceasar. Ex. collection of Lawrence Bishop. During the 1980's Lawrence was Vice President of Hemmeter Art Services, a division of the Hemmeter Group, and traveled the world with Chris Hemmeter Jr. purchasing Tribal and Asian Art for their corporate installations. He also established for the firm "The Hemmeter Collection" galleries which he oversaw on Kauai, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii. He is perhaps best known for the Polynesian Art he acquired for Hemmeter which was later published in the book "Art of Polynesia", with a special introductory essay by Dr. Terrance Barrow and the text by John Charles Edler.)
Period/Date: Circa 1930s-40s
Materials: Hardwood, traces of red pigment
Description: This large ceremonial yam stick is finely carved showing old world craftsmanship and traditional styling. It features two detailed ancestor faces with open mouths and scooped out nasal septums, surmounted by a fabulous whimsical bird! There are two pierced lugs on the sides of the mouths. They were used as attachments and would have been festooned with feathers and sell wealth to celebrate a successful harvest. In very good condition with some hairline age cracks along the shaft. It has acquired a dark varied patina from age and long use. Note: the stand in the photo does not belong to the piece itself. A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee.
Dimensions: Length 27.5" (70 cm), Width 1.5" (4 cm)