A very fine North Coast food pounder

A very fine North Coast food pounder

Provenance Yakamul (spelled Jakamal by Prof. Holtker), Siau Language group, North Coast, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with a fine patina of age and wear. 55 x 6 x 7.2 cm. 19th/20th century. Collected by Prof. Georg Holtker after 1930's. Ex SVD (Societas Verbi Divini - Society of the Divine Word) Mission Museum, Haus der Völker und Kulturen, Sankt Augustin, Germany, Inv. N° 71-10-21. See inventory card for complet information (in German). De-accessioned by exchange with Ulrich Hoffmann. Galerie Meyer, Paris; Collection Rene de Bock, Amsterdam.

Literature: Ill.: Hoffmann, U.: FASZINATION ALT-AMERIKA, Verlag Arte America, Stuttgart 2002, page 167, fig. 181 (left).

A very fine janus figural food (sago) pounder. The back to back figures are represended by their over large heads carved in High relief and their bent arms with hands clasped infront just under the chins. A third figure composed again of only the head and arms is situated at the top of the split finial.