TAMI ISLAND HUON GULF MASTER-CARVED LADLE FRAGMENT
Origin: East New Guinea, Morobe province, Huon Gulf, Tami Island (Provenance: Ex. Crispin Howarth- Melbourne 2001, Ex. Tomkins Collection- Connecticut, Ex. Michael Hamson- Palos Verdes CA, Ex. Dr. Fred Corio Collection)
Period/Date: circa 1915-1930s
Materials: reddish hardwood
Description: Here's a fine quality "master-carver" figure. It exhibits a symphony of transformational animals working in lyrical fashion with the figure's anatomy. The male ancestor has classic broad shoulders, mask like face, rounded hips and headdress in the familiar early Tami style. Note the wonderful undulating arms resting on the hips and the projecting zoomorphic phallus head below the abdomen. An excellent pure old style with warm rich aged patina. It was likely the top of an important ceremonial ladle? One old glued mend to body of bird on top. Its surface has age and patina but may have been waxed and or cleaned during its lifetime? Presented on a custom display stand.
Information provided by Victor Teicher: "Figures are found in a number of contexts, including massive versions standing or kneeling on support posts of ceremonial houses. Smaller images (like this one) were probably hung in the same buildings. These kneeling males have snakes extending upwards between their legs. They allude to a myth concerning a "sea-spirit" that manifests itself as a snake, but can come ashore in human form in order to seduce young men and women, who then die. (And parenthetically, sea-snakes are among the few deadly species in New Guinea.)"
Dimensions: Height: 9" (23 cm), Width 3.75" (9.5 cm)
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