IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT
IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT
IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT
IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT
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IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Sold:27,500USD

Lot Details

Description

IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT


Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigments

Height: 24 in (60.7 cm)

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

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


PUBLISHED

George R. Ellis, Oceanic Art: A Celebration of Form, San Diego, 2009, p. 95, cat. no. 75

Exhibited

San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanic Art: A Celebration of Form, January 31, 2009 - January 3, 2010

Catalogue Note

AN UNUSUAL IATMUL FLUTE FIGURE

By Philippe Peltier


This flute ornament depicts the figure of a man whose large round eyes are fixed into the distance. He seems to be balancing on the tips of his toes. The man supports a second head whose face is crossed by a bow, the end of which extends and is attached to the back of the first figure. This iconography is unusual. It condenses, however, the puzzling inventiveness of Sepik art, and demonstrates a mastery of shapes and rhythms that is rarely achieved in this type of object.

Pacific Art from the Collection of Harry A. Franklin
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