New Guinea Native Carved Wood Ancestor Tree. Large, colorful and very detailed Ajour style Ancestor Tree carving, in a shield shape, featuring multiple figures, including a dominant image on side of two males in traditional squatting positions one atop the other, and on the other side of 4 smaller figures. Among the many symbolic motifs evident are birds. The entire carving is painted with the traditional clam shell white pigment, with black and red pigments also evident. Carving measures approx. 47"H X 18"W.Provenance:Geologist Orrin Hardy Main, born in 1930, spent most of his storied career with Freeport Minerals Company in NYC which became Freeport McMoran Company, then with one of it’s subsidiaries, Freeport Indonesia in New Orleans. He spent many years in Jakarta, Indonesia, & at the company’s copper mining operation at Teambagapura, Irian Jaya.Mr. Main was an avid collector of local Asmat wood carvings and other artifacts throughout the region while he lived and traveled there during the 1970’s. Upon his death in 2012, these prized carvings and artifacts became the property of his children, Douglas, Constance, & Orrin Main.