Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Middle Sepik River, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A pair of hand-carved wooden crocodile figures, each with a horned nose and deeply inlaid cowrie shell eyes. The bodies of the animals are snake-like, long and limbless, but their faces are unmistakably crocodilian. Artisans carved these sculptures as totems, representing their matrilineal clans and thought to bring protection. Size of largest: 25.5" W x 1.7" H (64.8 cm x 4.3 cm); 5.75" H (14.6 cm) on included custom stand.
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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