Sepik River Artefact, circa 1920 For Sale
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Sepik River Artefact, circa 1920

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Sepik River over modeled human skull c.1920 For Sale in this LOT is a unique and almost predatory looking Tourist Sepik River over modeled Artifact sculpted with a clay-like mass, painted in black with traces of original red clay underneath, coiffure of real hair, Nassa snail covering a real human skull and boar lower jaw. When over modelling the ancestors head remains, it was believed, that the spirit and vitality would return and help the living descendants with its power. The head remains were kept on specially assigned shelves in the men’s house, where women and children were not allowed to see them. Just on special occasions, like remembrance ceremonies, would the head remains be adorned and displayed in public. Quite a unique item with a wonderful look. This item does not come with the mount it is mounted on. Size in inches: H 9” x W 6” x D 12” Condition: This item is dated 1920 therefore expect wear and tear across the surfaces and structure in the form of a patina and aged scuffs, cracked and missing paint, and light aged chips. It’s suggested to review all the photos provided as part of this advert.

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  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    Papua New Guinea
  • Date of Manufacture
    1920
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 9 in. x W 6 in. x D 12 in.H 22.86 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 30.48 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU4304213033462
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