Figure, Highlands, Papua New Guinea height 50 3/4in (129cm)
Lot 88W
Figure, Highlands, Papua New Guinea height 50 3/4in (129cm)
Sold for US$ 2,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Figure, Highlands, Papua New Guinea
timbuwarra
Rattan, pigments
height 50 3/4in (129cm)

Provenance:
Chris Boylan, Sydney
Michael Hamson, California
American Private Collection

Timbuwarra are used in mourning dances; they are also set up in ceremonial houses as guardian figures and are sometimes used in male initiation to teach about sexual practices. "One of these that I had had two holes down in the abdomen area--one above the other. I was told that this was used to teach the young men which hole to aim for during sex to avoid pregnancy." (Hamson 2-19-2005)
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