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IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT

IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

27,500

USD

IATMUL FLUTE ORNAMENT


Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Wood, pigments

Height: 24 in (60.7 cm)

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

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.