Description & Technical information

Wosera People, Southern Abelam, Middle Sepik River, PNG, Melanesia. Wood & cane. 37,3 cm. 19"'/20"' century.
A split peg for fastening sheets of sago palm bark together into troughs to wash the flour out the pounded pith of the sago palm. Sago flour is the main staple food in many parts of New Guinea. The peg is decorated with a superbly carved ancestor face wearing a lofty wagnen or initiates crest above the head.

Date:  19th/20th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 37.3 cm (14⁵/₈ inches)
Literature: Published :
Meyer, Anthony ]P.: OCEANIC ART / OZEANISCHES KUNST / ART OCEANIEN. Konemann, Koln. 1995. Fig. 312, page 282.
Categories: Tribal Art