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


Yam Ancestor Figure Totem Pole Papua New Guinea with Provenance

$ 3,800
  • Description
    A yam ancestor totem pole from the mid-Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. Carved out of a solid wood by the Abelam People, who cultivated yams as their main crop, the pole features the classical form of the Yam ancestor in his frontal pose. It was painted with bright polychrome colors. The wear and patina suggest that it was field collected from the native use. It is likely dated around 1940-50s.
    This figure was exhibited in Traditional Artifacts From the South Pacific, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nov-Dec 1991. A picture of it was included in the catalog brochure.
    A copy of the brochure and the photo with the piece is shown in detail photos and will be included with the purchase. No stand.
  • More Information
    Origin: Papua New Guinea
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: wood and paint
    Condition: Fair. Tribal art likely collected from the field and used natively. Losses of the colors, some wood crackles and losses, noticeably on the top back, holes etc, as shown in the photos.
    Creation Date: 20th century
    Styles / Movements: Other , Folk Art
    Incollect Reference #: 370221
  • Dimensions
    H. 37 in; Diam. 6 in;
    H. 93.98 cm; Diam. 15.24 cm;
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