Female Ancestor Figure, Kairiru Island, North Coast, PNG, Mid-20th Century

Mid-20th Century
wood, shell, cassowary feather
40 x 9 cm

These figures are protective, calling on a specific ancestor to protect the house, the family from any evil influences. This figure is from a large island off Wewak, Kairiru Island, and was collected in the 1980s, but is much much older. It has developed a dark patina with much handling.

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