New Guinea betel mortars are an undervalued and underappreciated art form. They often feature full figures as the present example and virtually always show great wear and field use. The present one was field collected by Bruce Lawes in 1966, comes from the coastal area west of the mouth of the Sepik River and was illustrated by Lawes in his 1977/78 exhibition catalog. Interesting to note that Lawes states the betel mortar had 75-100 years of field use when collected—placing this piece firmly in the late 19th century or before. There is substantial erosion from age but the figures remain strong and in my opinion the aesthetics of the mortar remain intact. The piece is 5 ¼” (13 cm) in height and sells for $2800. Questions?