Betel mortars often serve as great opportunities for New Guinea carvers to show their sculptural talent on a smaller scale. Such is the case for this powerful example from the Schouten Islands or Sepik Coastal area. The classic long-nose spirit figure is squatting in the caryatid position supporting the small betel-mashing bowl. The figure’s head sits low on its chest, the gaze is directed downwards and the elbows rest squarely on the knees. On the reverse is a raised decorative ridge from the shoulders to the top of the pronounced buttocks. The piece was acquired from Marc Lissauer in the 1980's and his circular white label with inventory number 28128 written in pen is still attached. On the base of the mortar itself is an earlier, unidentified, inventory number 034 or O 34 painted in white. The piece is 6 ¼” (15.9 cm) in height, dates to the early 20th century and the price is available upon request. Questions?