New Guinea Abelam Ancestral Figural Stake Wosera Region
This Palmwood figural carving is from the Abelam from the Wosera Region of Papua New Guinea. The Ancestor figure still retains a lot of it's original pigment and is heavily patinated from use over many years. The overall piece measures 36" in length. The backside of the pointed top has traces of what appears to be a short inventory number in pen, but it can't really be read at this point. There are some minute insect holes in the piece (inactive) as well as a small screw or nail hole in the back of the figure's headdress from a previous hanging/display. The attention to detail of the ears, face, and genitalia truly make this piece stand out. As to whether or not this figure was once part of a tool or (like a handle) or has always been a stake or staff for ceremonial purposes it is a beautiful example of the art of the Abelam people.