ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE
ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE
ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE
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ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

ABELAM PAINTING FROM A CEREMONIAL HOUSE


East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Sago palm spathe, pigments

Height: 52 in (132.1 cm)

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Provenance

Harry A. Franklin, Beverly Hills, acquired by the 1960s

Catalogue Note

For the Abelam, paint is a magical substance which gives objects their beauty and power. Anthony Forge notes that "Abelam painting technique is extraordinary because it combines great speed with firm control by the artist", who worked with great boldness, drawing "the sweeping curves characteristic of Abelam design with speed and accuracy." (Forge, "The Abelam Artist", in Freedman, ed., Social Organization: Essays Presented to Raymond Frith, London, 1967, p. 76-77).

Pacific Art from the Collection of Harry A. Franklin
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