Funerary Figure – Ramu/Keram River Delta
Medium: Aged weathered wood, Aged encrusted patina
Origin: Ramu/Keram River Delta, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Dimensions: H. 57
Provenance: James Pongrass Collection, Art Primitif, San Francisco, 1975
Exhibited: Pelham von Stoffler Gallery, Houston 1978, Private Museum, Xiamen, China 2011, Katy Contemporary Art Museum, Katy, Texas, Vertical Sculpture 2014, KCAM & Houston Community College 2015
A rare funerary figure from the Ramu-Keram River Delta area, New Guinea. This object, of fragmented form, the figure with thick legs and buttocks supported by a vertical pole to base, an elongated torso and attenuated arms bent at the elbow with hands raised together to the chest, the tear shaped head pierced around the rim for the attachment of a human skull and terminating in a point. Aged weathered and worm eaten patina.