The prows of the large dugout canoes from the mouth of the Sepik River were adorned with ancestral spirit figures to ensure the well being of the occupants. This is a beautiful example with a powerful squatting figure, hands clasped to the knees and a large head with prominent pierced nose and inset oval eyes. There is a zoomorphic creature projecting back from the figure’s head. Overall the patina is a dark chocolate brown, glossy in parts. The dark patina comes from the piece being stored in the rafters for generations as an heirloom and a memory long after the canoe from which it was attached was discarded. The piece comes from an Indianapolis private collection, dates to the late 19th/early 20th century, is 23 ½” (69 cm) in length and the price is available upon request. Questions?