**Originally Listed At $300**
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, lower Ramu River region, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. An interesting spoon, hand-carved from wood, with a small scoop and an abstract anthropomorphic/zoomorphic handle. The ovoid scoop portion traces upwards to a rounded rectangular joint from whence stem a pair of slender legs. Sinuous arms and blocky hands rest against wide hips, the genitalia covered by an integral loincloth, and a slim torso boasts several areas of incised curvilinear decorations. The figure's ovoid head has twin teardrop-shaped eyes set above a lengthy curved beak, and a separate avian figure is shown hanging onto the figure's rounded brow. Covered in lustrous layers of light-brown and dark-brown patina, this is a fabulous example from Papua New Guinea! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 2.5" W x 16.375" H (6.4 cm x 41.6 cm); 17.875" H (45.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Small losses to areas of right arm, head, and scoop. Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, small chips to scoop, beak, head, and body, with fading to some carved details. Light earthen deposits as well as lovely brown patina throughout.