Of the qualities that define a great piece of New Guinea art this ancestral spirit figure has them all. It is ancient, pre-contact and thus carved with stone tools. It has a clarity of composition that communicates its spiritual presence without distraction. And finally the expression is hauntingly alive. That the sculpture is carved out on the reverse with open eyes and mouth gives the figure the breath of life and an engaging gaze. Beneath the head are two upturned totemic hornbill bird heads. There are traces of pigments—itself the magical substance that gave the piece its original power. The figure comes from the Walter Randel Collection and the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. I published it in my “Art of the Abelam” catalog of 2016, no. 40. It dates assuredly to the 19th century, is 18” (45.8 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?