Of the three main culture areas of the Washkuk region north of the Middle Sepik River I think it is the Warasei that produce the most striking yena figures. They are surprisingly consistent in form and color. The elongated oval face is boldly demarcated with red, white, black and bright yellow pigments. What I find special about this example is the teeth in the smiling mouth and the rough adze marks under a thick patina on the reverse—all indicating an early piece. I recently acquired this yena from a Chicago contemporary art collector who had purchased the sculpture from the prominent local dealer Douglas Dawson in the early 1980s. The figure is 39” (99 cm) in height, dates to the early 20th century and the price is available upon request. Questions?