Oceania, Papua New Guinea, ca. early to mid-20th century CE. A hand-carved betel nut mortar, of a tall cylindrical form, fused to the head of a standing human figure. The figure boasts attenuated legs, rounded shoulders, lengthy arms with hands held against the waist, a stocky abdomen, and a wide neck. The stylized countenance is comprised of petite impressed eyes, a tall and slender nose with flared nostrils, perky ears, a rounded chin, and a broad forehead detailed with lightly-incised striations. Fine patina envelops this wonderful example from Papua New Guinea! Size: 2.25" W x 8" H (5.7 cm x 20.3 cm).
Provenance: ex-private Florida, USA collection; ex-collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, California, USA
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Minor abrasions to mortar, head, body, and base, with softening to some finer details, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits as well as fine patina throughout. Old inventory label beneath base.