Mendi "Compensation" Dolls, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Lot 34Y
Mendi "Compensation" Dolls, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
US$ 2,200 - 2,800
€1,600 - 2,000
Auction Details
Oceanic Art San Francisco
11 Feb 2012 7:00 PST

Auction 20157
Lot Details
Mendi "Compensation" Dolls, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
heights 18 and 19 1/2in (46 and 49.5cm)
made in the tradition with pandanus leaves, bilum string, human hair, shells, and seeds with ground clays for additional color.

These dolls represent individuals killed requiring revenge from their fellow villagers. Once order was restored these dolls were often destroyed.

Provenance:
Field collected by Ron Perry circa 1980
Private American Collection
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