Betel Nut Mortar, Tami Island, Papua New Guinea
height 6 3/4in (16.5cm)
carved in the form of a janus human figure (perhaps of the mythical being Kani), with the headdress as the scooped out mortar.
Field collected prior to Australian control in 1912
De-accessioned from a private museum (collection number written on inside of mortar)
Private American Collection
Cf. Shadows of New Guinea: Art of the Great Island of Oceania from the Barbier-Mueller Collections, 2007, pp 164-165 for images of similar.