Coastal Sepik River Double Ancestral Spirit Figure Coastal Sepik area, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea Ex. Julius Carlebach, New York Ex. Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, acquired from the above in February, 1960 Ex. Dr. Milton & Betsy Heifetz, Beverly Hills, acquired from the above on January 22, 1968 Pre-contact, stone-carved, late 19th century 7” (17.8 cm) in height This small amulet figure would probably have been kept in a family’s personal shrine. It has two back-to-back male spirit figures perfectly proportioned in the classic style for this area at the mouth of the Sepik and Ramu rivers. The heads are overly large, the eyes are deep-set under a heavy brow, the nose loops down to connect with the chest, the arms are thin and rest on the upper thighs, and the legs and buttocks are stout. The eyes are downcast in a solemn gaze, the forehead and shoulders are incised with curvilinear and dentate designs, and overall the figure is covered in an earth-red pigment that would have given the spirit “heat” and power. From age and use the edges are rounded and smooth—complementing the figure’s early classic style. Illustrated in Michael Hamson Oceanic Art, Paris 2017. Priced at $19,000 Questions?