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20th C. PNG Sepik River Wood Hornbill Bird Figure

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20th C. PNG Sepik River Wood Hornbill Bird Figure
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Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, Yamok village, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large-scale hornbill bird perched upon a boulder, all carved from a single piece of wood, tastefully painted with natural pigments in hues of gold, beige, taupe, and pale pink, and further adorned with cowrie shell eyes. The piece presents a dramatic silhouette with its long, curved beak, high arched crest, bent legs, and knotched feathers lining its back. The artisans from Yamok village have traditionally carved birds associated with their ancestral stories. The hornbill is regarded as a symbol of wisdom, has also been associated with head hunting and the transfer of power, and is a significant symbol employed in initiation ceremonies. Metal stand. Size: 9.75" W x 44.125" H (24.8 cm x 112.1 cm)

Provenance: private New Mexico, USA collection

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#122437
Condition
Small loss to tip of beak. Expected age cracks and surface wear with minor nicks and pigment losses commensurate with age.
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20th C. PNG Sepik River Wood Hornbill Bird Figure

Estimate $900 - $1,200
May 18, 2017
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0084G: 20th C. PNG Sepik River Wood Hornbill Bird Figure

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Est. $900 - $1,200Starting Price $500
Fine Antiquities | Asian | Ethnographic Art
May 18, 2017 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0084G Details

Description
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Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, Yamok village, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large-scale hornbill bird perched upon a boulder, all carved from a single piece of wood, tastefully painted with natural pigments in hues of gold, beige, taupe, and pale pink, and further adorned with cowrie shell eyes. The piece presents a dramatic silhouette with its long, curved beak, high arched crest, bent legs, and knotched feathers lining its back. The artisans from Yamok village have traditionally carved birds associated with their ancestral stories. The hornbill is regarded as a symbol of wisdom, has also been associated with head hunting and the transfer of power, and is a significant symbol employed in initiation ceremonies. Metal stand. Size: 9.75" W x 44.125" H (24.8 cm x 112.1 cm)

Provenance: private New Mexico, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#122437
Condition
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Small loss to tip of beak. Expected age cracks and surface wear with minor nicks and pigment losses commensurate with age.

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