A "sago" peg

Galerie Meyer-Oceanic Art

Date 19th/20th century

Period 1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century

Origin Melanesia

Medium Wood

Dimension 37.3 cm (14⁵/₈ inches)

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

Dimension: 37.3 cm (14⁵/₈ inches)

Literature: Published :
Meyer, Anthony ]P.: OCEANIC ART / OZEANISCHES KUNST / ART OCEANIEN. Konemann, Koln. 1995. Fig. 312, page 282.

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