Oceania, Papua New Guinea, ca. mid 20th century CE. A charming pig, its skin composed of woven and braided thin rope stretched over a bark frame. Cowrie shells form the eyes and tiny flaps of woven fabric give it ears. Pigs are incredibly important animals to the native people of Papua New Guinea, one of the few mammals on the island, and they are bred for their meat as well as being used as a sign of social status. Size: 19" W x 10.75" H (48.3 cm x 27.3 cm)
Provenance: ex-private Tucson, Arizona, USA collection; ex-Ron Perry collection; Ron Perry collected art and artifacts for more than 40 years in New Guinea and the South Pacific. He collaborated with Carolyn Leigh to write a book entitled, "Art Dealer in the Last Unknown: Ron Perry & New Guinea Art: the early years 1964-1972" (2011)
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