Description & Technical information

Boiken Plains, North Coast Sepik Region, PNG, Melanesia. Hard wood with a good patina of use and age. Probably carved with non-metal Tools. Ex Michael Hamson, Calif.
The back of the dish is well carved with a complex circuler motif highlighted with two ancestor faces. 

Date:  19th/20th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Hard wood
Dimensions: 52 x 39 cm (20¹/₂ x 15³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Early platters with human figures extending from the sides are rare amongst the Boiken. In this case the ancestor is represented by the upper half including the torso and head of the figure. A more complexe example with two figures is illustrated in the JOLIKA collection of Marcia & John Friede, Rye, NY (Friede, JA. et al (Ed.), NEW GUINEA ART: Masterpieces from the JOLIKA Collection of Marcia and John Friede,
 San Francisco, 2005, Vol. 1, fig.: 35, p. 60 / Vol 2, fig.: 35, p. 88.

Categories: Tribal Art