Ancestor figure, Asmat, Irian Jaya / Papua New Guinea.

Ancestor figure carved from hardwood probably depicting a mother with her child holding tight the body. The child has the posture of a Praying Mantis, symbol of headhunting.

Condition: hard wood, partly shiny patina, small cracks, restoration on both feet.

This fine piece measures 43 cm - 16.9 inch.