Sepik betel nut mortar O2317

Small wooden betelnut mortar with two ancestor figures. Sepik, Papua New Guinea. With beautiful border of protective incised carving. Patina of old crushed betelnut residue. Stable tension crack on one side of the bowl.  Former Michael Hamson, USA. Ex. coll. Brian Williams, USA. 1st half 20th century. H. 10cm

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Louis Nierijnck