Wadke Jamna Amulet Figure

Wadke Jamna Amulet Figure

An extremely rare amulet representing a standing male ancestor. Some of these amulets were reportedly used in maritime magic and taken on canoes for use while fishing. Yamna Island, North Coast, Irian Jaya, Indonesian New Guinea. Wood with a very fine patina of age and use. 17.5 x 3.8 x 4.3 cm. 19/20th century.
 

Provenance Ex coll.: Visser; Kortmann; Buschardt ; private collection, France; André & Lita de Bock, Amsterdam

Literature: Ref. : Greub, S. (ed.): ART OF NORTH WEST NEW GUINEA. New York, Rizzoli International Publications. 1992.