Arts of the Pacific Islands
Wood, shell, fiber
14 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (35.6 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
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The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
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Figure, 20th century. Wood, shell, fiber, 14 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (35.6 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.42. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.51.42.jpg)
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Ramu River wood male figure, with one pierced shell attached with fiber to each upper arm. Dull brown patina. Oval face with deeply incised grooves of concentric ovals depicting eyes; slight vertical ridge on forehead extends down to probiscis-like nose. Ears indicated by small rectangles pierced with two holes protruding from each side of head. Head surmounted with reptile-like creature with its head extending toward forehead and tail extending down back of head. Spirals incised on each shoulder blade; raised wood circles along collar bone continuing down thin cylindrical arms. Hands rest on sides of thighs, with incised lines indicating fingers. Protruding buttocks, flattened at back; male genitalia depicted. Slightly bent legs with center ridge extending entire length. Blockish oval shaped feet with incised lines depicting short toes.
Condition: Some patina worn away
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