This unusual Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea, coconut basket/bowl that has a dark, thick patina, only obtained after years of handled use. The bowl rim has a series of indents evenly arranged; handle strap longitudinally positioned; the anterior end with a pair of elongated tapered ‘ears’. The three stem-dimples have been enhanced to form a face by the inclusion of aqua-green plastic eyes and cowry shell secured behind by adhered canvas; the interior is painted with aqua coloured trade paint, inscribed upon in pencil ‘New Guinea 1944’ (1944 pencilled twice). A small Perspex stand had been attached to the base
14.5 x 10.7 x 11.5 cm (5.75 x 4.25 x 4.5 inches)
Condition: expected wear for age tip of right ear damaged
Price: $450. (AUD)
Can be bought on-line. Price includes postage worldwide.