Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 16

Carved Wood Yipwon Figure from Papua New Guinea

$1,800

About

A carved wood Yipwon figure with co-centric hooks surrounding a head and painted in alternative ocher and white earth pigment, it was made by the Yimam people from the Korewori River region in Papua New Guinea. Often kept within the men’s ceremonial house for large ones, taken with hunting or raid for medium ones, and used as personal amulet for small ones, these figures represent Yipwon ancestral spirit who plays a central role in hunting and warfare. Although clearly anthropomorphic, it is highly stylized, almost geometrical. In this figure, the head is placed in the center with cowrie shell inlaid eyes. It was carved from a rather dense wood. The surface is very worn with the pigments pelt off. There is a repair on the lowest hook as shown. We estimate the piece to be circa 1950s. The custom metal stand is included.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Width: 8 in. (20.32 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Tribal (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Repaired: Last hood broke off and was repaired. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. General wear and losses of pigments, worn surface with edge nicks and small losses.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945025171922

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
4.9
Located in Atlanta, GA
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2006
1stDibs seller since 2010
362 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller
  • Carved Wood Hook Figure Papua New Guinea
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    The elaborated carved wood figure with hooks was widely used by indigenous people to suspend items and foods in their huts across Papua New Guinea, mostly along the Sepik River. The ...
    Category

    20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

    Materials

    Wood

  • Yam Ancestor Figure TOTEM Pole Papua New Guinea with Provenance
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    A yam ancestor TOTEM pole from the mid-Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. Carved out of a solid wood by the Abelam people, who cultivated yams as their main crop, the pole featu...
    Category

    Early 20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

    Materials

    Wood

  • Yam Ceremonial Digging Stick with Carving Papua New Guinea Provenance
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    A large digging stick used for the ceremony of planting the first yams of the season circa first half of the 20th century, from the ex-collection of the Children's Museum of Indianap...
    Category

    20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

    Materials

    Palmwood

  • Two Ceremonial Weapon from Highlands of Papua New Guinea Provenance
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    Two Oceanic ceremonial weapons from PNG highlands circa 20th century. It consists of two pieces. The first is an ax with a wood shaft and a flat elongated head wrapped in finely wove...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

    Materials

    Rattan, Wood

  • Fiber Polychrome Mask Yam Ancestor Papua New Guinea
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    A well preserved Yam Ancestor mask professionally presented on a museum quality acrylic display stand. The mask was a classic tribal art piece from Abelam people who live in Maprik a...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Masks

    Materials

    Acrylic, Natural Fiber

  • Carved Wood Aboriginal Shield, Western Australia
    Located in Atlanta, GA
    A tall and narrow parrying shield from the Aboriginal people living in the Western Australia. The piece was carved out of a single block of hard wood that is dense and heavy. Of a cl...
    Category

    Early 20th Century Australian Tribal Tribal Art

    Materials

    Wood

You May Also Like

Papua New Guinea Carved Paddles
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of vintage Papua New Guinea carved wood canoe steering paddles on custom stands. This pair of carved wood paddles originate from along the Sepik river regions of Papua New Gui...
Category

20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Mounted Objects

Materials

Iron

Pair of Mendi Carved-Wood War Shields from Papua New Guinea on Custom Stands
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Papua New Guinea Mendi wooden war shields on custom stands from the mid-20th century. This pair of war shields originate from the Mendi region, within the Southern Highland...
Category

Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Iron

Hand-Carved Wooden War Shield from Ambunti Mountain Region of Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
A carved wood war shield from the Ambunti mountain region, along the upper Sepik river in Papua New Guinea. This hand-carved war shield, and others similar, were commonly used throug...
Category

20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Mounted Objects

Materials

Iron

Single Wooden Telefomin Doorboards from Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
Exquisitely carved set of four painted wood Telefomin Doorboards from Papua, New Guinea. Highly decorative, these doors come from the Telefomin area of Papua New Guinea, located i...
Category

Vintage 1930s Papua New Guinean Tribal Art

Materials

Wood

Abelam "Yam Festival" Mask on Stand from Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Papua New Guinea yam festival mask of a horn-billed bird from the mid-20th century. This vintage ceremonial mask, also referred to as a baba mask, originates from the Abelam people...
Category

Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Iron

Painted Wood Splash Boards on Stands from Papua New Guinea, 2 Available
Located in Atlanta, GA
Note: This listing is for 1 of the Papa New Guinea Splash Boards featured, so if you decide to purchase, let us know which one you'd like. These decorative painted red and dark grey...
Category

20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Art

Materials

Metal

Vibrantly Colored Baba Festival Mask on Stand from Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Papua New Guinea yam festival mask, in the image of a horn-billed bird with vibrant coloring, from the mid-20th century. This vintage ceremonial mask, also referred to as a baba ma...
Category

Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Iron

Pair of Oceanic War Shields on Stands from Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Papua New Guinea wooden shields on custom stands from the mid 20th century. These oceanic war shields were not only created for protecting oneself for tribal warfare, but a...
Category

20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Iron

Pair of Papua New Guinea "Yam Festival" Masks
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Papua New Guinea yam festival masks from the mid 20th century. These vintage ceremonial masks, also referred to as a baba mask, originate from the Abelam people, along the ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Iron

Set of Three Wooden War Shields on Stands from Papua New Guinea
Located in Atlanta, GA
A collection of three Papua New Guinea wooden war shields on custom stands from the mid-20th century. These oceanic war shields were not only created for protecting oneself for triba...
Category

20th Century Papua New Guinean Tribal Tribal Art

Materials

Metal

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery