Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Ceremonial Ancestor Sago Scoop Papua New Guinea

$ 3,800
  • Description
    A large sago scoop that is likely reserved for ceremonial use during harvest. Circa first half of 20th century, the piece is from Maprik, East Sepik Provence of Papua New Guinea. The front of the scoop features an anthropomorphic figure that is the yam ancestor, worshiped widely in the region. His body elongates into a handle that might also be used as a pounder. The concave shape toward the back, a natural shape of the trunk, form the scoop. The piece is carved from black palm, a hardwood like palm that exhibits cable-like black fibers. There are evident patina and wear from use on the handle as well as the back of the piece, suggesting native use. It retains an original paper label that shows the provenance and gallery info.
    The steel stand is complimentary.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: black palm wood
    Condition: Fair. Patina and wear throughout, particularly on the back and the handle likely due to the native use.
    Creation Date: first half of 20th century
    Styles / Movements: Tribal, Folk Art, Traditional
    Patterns: Abstract, Animal/Insects, Geometric
    Incollect Reference #: 388951
  • Dimensions
    W. 7 in; H. 64 in; D. 4 in;
    W. 17.78 cm; H. 162.56 cm; D. 10.16 cm;
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Our collection ranges from Neolithic Art to 20th century collectible art and design. It spans 5000 thousand years of history and crosses many civilizations and cultures. Our aesthetic strongholds are Mid-century studio design, Japanese and Korean art, Asian Textile Art and Contemporary Aboriginal Art. The diversity is united behind our singular vision to seek for timeless beauty and driven purely by our passion

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