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An impressive Biwat figure.


Garamuth front, Yuat river, Papua New Guinea. 19th century. 81 cm. Known for their impressive sacred 'flute stoppers', the Biwat artists created a variety of ornaments in their masks and ceremonial objects. This rare drum front has a large central figure with broad forehead, a curved, pierced nose and is holding onto a sacred crocodile on both sides. Like the flute stoppers, the stylized human figure has a small body and a large head with extremely high domed forehead. Although they depict humans, these figures were linked to crocodile spirits. (VJ)

Provenance:
Private collection.

Similar example in Museum Köln, published in:
'Schwarze Inseln der Südsee Melanesien', Abb. 125.

Expert: Joris Visser Joris Visser
+32-2-514 00 34

Joris.Visser@dorotheum.com

04.10.2021 - 15:25

Odhadní cena:
EUR 18.000,- do EUR 20.000,-
Vyvolávací cena:
EUR 15.000,-

An impressive Biwat figure.


Garamuth front, Yuat river, Papua New Guinea. 19th century. 81 cm. Known for their impressive sacred 'flute stoppers', the Biwat artists created a variety of ornaments in their masks and ceremonial objects. This rare drum front has a large central figure with broad forehead, a curved, pierced nose and is holding onto a sacred crocodile on both sides. Like the flute stoppers, the stylized human figure has a small body and a large head with extremely high domed forehead. Although they depict humans, these figures were linked to crocodile spirits. (VJ)

Provenance:
Private collection.

Similar example in Museum Köln, published in:
'Schwarze Inseln der Südsee Melanesien', Abb. 125.

Expert: Joris Visser Joris Visser
+32-2-514 00 34

Joris.Visser@dorotheum.com


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Aukce: Stammeskunst/Tribal Art
Datum: 04.10.2021 - 15:25
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Prohlídka: 29.09. - 04.10.2021