The piece has classic spirit faces on each of the two pointed flanges “crcodile mouth”. Along the edges of the mouth are rows of carved teeth. The faces are prominent with circular eyes, a raised nose and a upturned mouth. Above the central face are a number of interlocking chevron deep-relief carved design originally would have been accentuated with a generous amount of white lime infilling.
Papuan Gulf, PNG :: Age Early 20th Century
71 X 18cm ; 28 X 7.1in
Leo and Lillian Fortess Collection, Hawai'i
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