A portrait carving of a pregnant women, dress, adornments and the ritual use of white pigment suggests Mendi culture, Southern Highlands (Hill, 2011), see: Fig. 55, in Hill, 2011.
Artist unknown; likely mid-20th century
Reference: Hill, R. C., 2011. Colour and Ceremony: the role of paints among the Mendi and Sulka peoples of Papua New Guinea, Durham theses, Durham University. E-Theses.
38 cm tall (n: 15 inches)
Price: $3200. (AUD)
Shrinkage crack to left side of belly; small borer holes to base with a few on legs. Treated by long term storage in freezer.
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