Ancestor figure, Asmat, Irian Jaya / Papua New Guinea.
This stylized Asmat ancestor figure has the representation of the human form in an expressive posture. The elaborate flat surface of this exciting sculpture shows the abstract taste and the high quality skills of the carver who has worked in a tradition for appeasing ancestoral spirits. The body is decorated with incised ornamentation and the intensity of the chalky colors contrasts effectively with the dark wood.
Condition: dry, hard wood, white pigment, min. dam., small cracks. On MDF / metal base.
This amazing piece measures 75 cm - 29.5 inch.