Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island
Lot 69
Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island
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Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island
Important and Rare Large Standing Male Figure, Admiralty Island
Wood, red and black pigments, lime
height 58 1/4in (148cm)

Finely carved in hard wood, the figure standing upright with the left arm to the side, the right arm raised, bent at the elbow and held below the chin, the hand in a position to hold an implement, possibly a ceremonial spear, wearing a large top knot on the spherical head, the coiffure in the back arranged in an openwork rectangular tress comprising six downward projections terminating in a panel of geometric decoration, the ears with pierced and stretched earlobes, large almond-shaped eyes filled with lime, an elongated nose above an open mouth revealing teeth, resting on a large columnar neck on broad, rounded and sloping shoulders, the breasts carved in low relief, wearing a carved penis cover carved in the form of a cowrie shell, the columnar legs with delineated kneecaps terminating with joined block feet with incised toes, incised linear bands with geometric designs highlight the arms, chest, waist and knees, three small circular patterns highlight the face; fine, aged patina with reddish-brown, black and white pigmentation.

Of the few known large-scale figures from the Admiralty Islands, this is the only known example still in private hands.

PROVENANCE
Sotheby's, London, May 12, 1980, Lot 92
Patricia Withofs Collection, England
Lance Entwhistle, Paris
Wayne Heathcote, Brussels
Ed and Mina Smith Collection, California

PUBLISHED & EXHIBITED
San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanic Art: A Celebration of Form, January 2009 - January 2010, fig. 94

Cf. Übersee-Museum, Bremen, D 10 787, illus.: The Art of the Pacific Islands, p. 256, fig. 18.1;
The Chicago Natural History Museum, Chicago (133.788); and
The Fowler Museum (UCLA), Los Angeles (X65.4990), gift of the Wellcome Trust and mostly likely by the same artist.

According to George Ellis (ibid.), "Life-sized figures, both male and female, would have stood on either side of the doorway to men's ceremonial houses in the Admiralty Islands."
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