New Guinea Asmat Headhunting Figure


Asmat headhunting figure, collected 1966 by Dutch missionaries in the NW Asmat area. The ancestor figure has the representation of a Praying Mantis, symbol of headhunting. Chalky colors applied to wood. Overall good condition. A couple of age cracks. Related example can be seen amongst the material brought back by Michael Rockefeller, and now in the displayed collection Metropolitan Museum of New York.

Height: 101.5 cm / 40 in
Width: 21 cm / 8.5 in
Depth: 23 cm / 9.5 in

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