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Male ancestor figure
(early 20th century)

earth pigments on wood, shell, fibre
35.5 × 11.5 × 12.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Oceanic Sculpture / Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Ola Cohn, 1956
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Carved male figure with rhombic shaped head standing on a round base. Stylised face and prominent nose, pierced with twisted rope threaded through. Hands bent at the elbow, holding baby which is attached to his chin, eyes set with shells. Rope or fibre around the waist and ears.