MANA – dans l’Oeuvre, la Puissance

Posted by Anthony JP Meyer | February 9, 2023 | Anthony Meyer news, News
North Coast to Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik, PNG, Melanesia.Headrest

Wood with red ocher and a fine patina of wear and age.
13 x 11 cm.
19th century.
Ex private collection, Germany. Ex coll. Laurent Granier, France.
Price on request

Additional information:
Headrest supported by three caryatid human figures and a separate human head.
This is a very unusual configuration and possibly represents the arms as wings relating further to the pointed faces of the ancestors and the symbiotic relationship between man and the clan emblems here represented by the flying-fox. The singular head is carved attached both to the upper and lower section of the object serving as a further support. Several other headrests by the same hand (or workshop) are recorded in various public institution collections in Amsterdam, Berlin, Terveuren, and Brooklyn.