Betel mortars are great objects. Often they combine the best figurative sculpture a culture produces on something that was meant to fit in the palm of the hand. Think of this, great art not just small enough to fit in the hand but actually meant to be gripped in the hand—every day for years and years. The end result are often really interesting aesthetic objects both visually and tactually. The present example is from the Huon Gulf of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. It has a fine kneeling figure supporting the bowl on the back of its neck. The arms, shoulders and haunches are stout—as one would expect with such labor. The patina is dark brown from generations of use. The piece dates to the early 20th century, is 7” (17.9 cm) in height and sells for $4500. Questions?