NEW GUINEA CROCODILE STATUE ANCESTOR SPIRIT SEPIK RIVER PAPUA

IATMUL PEOPLE, MIDDLE SEPIK RIVER, PAPUA NEW GUINEA STATUE ANCESTOR SPIRIT FIGURE WITH A TOTEMIC CROCODILE .
The Iatmul tribe of the Middle Sepik Region attributes creation to a mythical giant crocodile. The basis for this vibrant, organic art form is religious. The carvings are created to be inhabited by spirits. They are intended both to help the people meet the challenges of everyday life and to ward off the influences of unfriendly spirits. Many of the carvings are also used in ceremonies and rituals that mark the important stages of life. The Spirit Figure shown is a fine example of a recurring theme, the transmutation of human and crocodile. During initiation rites the boys of this clan have patterns cut into their backs which produce raised scars representing crocodile skin. STATUE ~  Wonderful hand carved detail. Our powerful Crocodile statue measures 16-1/2 High X 6-1/2 “ Wide at the base. Light weight 2 Lb - 8 Ounces  Excellent condition with age wear and some wood chips. Collected in New Guinea 1990 about 26 years old. ~ ACCEPTED PAYMENTS CASH, CHECK, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, Paypal or I will email you with payment address to send checks or Postal Money Orders, Cash. ~ FREE SHIPPING USPS Priority mail with tracking in U.S. Only ~ for International mail rates or other Questions ~ Please Email Eric at Eric@Agestribalarts.com or Call 330-434-1010

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  • Item #: S~ Crocodile statue
Price $285.00
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