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Tablet

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Object Number:84-2-10
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Guinea
Middle Sepik River
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Cowrie
Pigment
Credit Line:Gift of Benjamin Bernstein, 1984

Description

Pointed at top, with protruding shelf-like base and sculptured face on front. Brow and nose of face deeply carved, angular, pattern carved on cheeks in low relief. Mouth a narrow slit. Cowrie shell eyes. Incised decoration (mostly spirals and arcs) on tablet. Black , with red and white pigment in incised decorations; red across forehead, bridge of nose, around eyes and on cheeks. [This is a tourist piece, with no reference to any traditional form*]

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