Trobriand Islands Spatula, Massim area, Papua New Guinea
height 14in (35.6cm)
intricately carved with two classic squatting figures, one on top of the other, looking in opposite directions; fine dark-brown patina with Beasley Collection label.
London Missionary Society
Beasley Collection (LMS 2064)
Peter Adler, London
Harry Beran (HB 191)
Michael Hamson, California
Private Collection, Chicago
Hamson, Michael, "Art of the Massim and Collingwood Bay", 2009, fig. 13.
According to Hamson, "The early provenance of this piece coincides with an archaic feel to the figures - unusual for a culture that prides itself on finesse and refinement."