Figurative pieces from the Admiralty Islands are quite rare. While bowls are regularly on the market most figurative objects were collected pre-WWI. This large piece from the Jean-Pierre Laprugne Collection was probably a canoe prow (although it also could be an architectural fragment from a ceremonial house). One nearly identical sold in the Cornelis Pieter Meulendijk at Christie’s South Kensington on 22 October 1980 described as an architectural fragment. Prior to being in Mr. Laprugne’s collection it was in the collection of Mr. Mertz, Berlin in 1968. The piece has a wonderful figure with well formed head emerging from the mouth of a crocodile. The expression is quiet and composed. One hand is raised to the chest while the other hangs to the side. There are remains of traditional red and black pigments. Unlike much of Admiralty Island material culture that was collected right after manufacture and seems fresh from village use, this particular object has obviously spent a number of decades in the field serving the community that made it. The piece dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, is 53 ¼” (135.3 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?