Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm)
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Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm)
Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
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Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm) Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea height 77in (196cm)
Lot Details
Male Figure, Kwoma People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
mindja
Wood, pigments
height 77in (196cm)

Provenance:
Todd Barlin, Sydney 2003
American Private Collection


"A variety of carvings are made by the Kwoma and Nukuma people that are used in both age grade rituals and ceremonies relating to the cultivation and harvesting of yams. Mindja, one of three types of carvings are recognizable by their large size, prominent nose, and rows of upturned spikes or spears that represent snakes. Mindja carvings are said to represent water spirits living in the lakes that are sometimes seen just under the surface of the water. Each Kwoma clan owned a pair that was shown in rotation from year to year. The term mindja applies to the rituals, the sacred objects, and the social divisions." (Newton 1971:82-87)
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