Sepik River Wooden Tribal Carving
AGE: – Unknown (acquired from a village in 1971 along the Sepik River)
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood
HEIGHT: – 94cm
WIDTH: – 27cm (widest part)
DEPTH: – 2cm
WEIGHT: – 1.5kg
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When this New Guinea Sepik River Wooden Tribal Carving was acquired by us in 1971 many of the villages located along the river and its tributaries had little contact with the outside world.
The face on this carving is painted with natural pigments derived from plants with shells representing eyes. Tribal carvings from the Sepik River region such as this one were used in ceremonies and tribal rites to ward off evil spirits.
The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in Papua New Guinea, it winds its way through the jungles and densely forested lowland areas of Papua New Guinea and is still relatively untouched in comparison to other areas in the South East Asian region.
The people living along the Sepik River have been traditionally bound together through trading with one another. Today there is a lively trade tourist trade in wooden tribal carvings from the Sepik River region.
this is a great website to learn about the different types of Sepik River carvings and the people living in this part of Papua New Guinea.