Daté au C14 : 4000-1000 BC (CIRAM n° 0813-OA-31S)
Relevant du même corpus mais d'une autre typologie se distinguent le pilon de la collection John et Marcia Friede (Friede, New Guinea Art, Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, n° 3) et cette œuvre, découverte dans la province d’Enga. A cet archaïsme répond l’épure des formes de l’oiseau, résumé à son essence, conférant à la sculpture une beauté intemporelle.
Within the large corpus he identified in 1979, comprising stone objects (pestles, mortars and figurines) discovered since the early twentieth century in the Highlands, Douglas Newton particularly highlights two bird-shaped pestles - the one preserved in the British Museum (inv. No. Oc19080423.1) and the one from the former Marshall collection found in Wonia, now kept in the Australian Museum in Sydney. The pestle from the Patricia Withofs collection can be added to that short list (Sotheby’s, Paris, 15 June 2011, No 20). The "archaeological" conditions of their discovery made it possible to date them to circa 1500 BC, revealing the presence of a prehistoric culture in this region. As stone carving had long since disappeared from the region when they came to light, populations attributed a magical role to these pieces when they were discovered during agricultural work.
Within the same corpus, but part of another typology, the pestle from the John and Marcia Friede Collection (Friede, New Guinea Art, Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, No.3) stands out, as well as the piece at hand, discovered in the Enga region. Their archaism is echoed in the bird shapes, pared down to their very essence and imbuing the sculpture with a timeless beauty.
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