Oceania, Papua New Guinea, ca. early to mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved betel nut mortar, of a tall cylindrical form, fused to the head of a standing human figure. The figure boasts attenuated legs, rounded shoulders, lengthy arms with hands held against the waist, a stocky abdomen, and a wide neck. The stylized countenance is comprised of petite impressed eyes, a tall and slender nose with flared nostrils, perky ears, a rounded chin, and a broad forehead detailed with lightly-incised striations. Fine patina envelops this wonderful example from Papua New Guinea! Size: 2.25" W x 8" H (5.7 cm x 20.3 cm).
Provenance: ex-private Florida, USA collection; ex-collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, California, USA
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