This is a very rare full figure from the Bamu River area of the western Papuan Gulf. It was collected in the 1930s by Eva Standen who with her husband Harrie ran the Bamu River Mission Station (dubbed The Mission in the Mud) for several decades before and after WWII. The figure has wonderful proportions with a large overhanging belly (always attractive in my eyes), an engaging face with piercing eyes tipped with red abrus seeds. The figure is ex. Sotheby’s New York, 14 November 1995, lot 125, dates to the early 20th century or before, stands 23 ½” (59.5 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?