Murik Lakes Female Ancestor Figure
Murik Lakes, Papua New Guinea
H. 16 ½"
Standing Murik Lakes female ancestor figure with typical oversized head with long torso and arms and short thick legs. The figure has a strong presence and has a rich brown patination. She has a broad nose with pierced septum and pierced ears with a possible remnant of an earring in her right ear. She is wearing a necklace composed of buttons strung on native cordage and a bracelet on each wrist of small shells on native cordage with a large glass disc on each. The front of her right foot is missing with old remnants of glue and a more recent break at the back of the foot. There is a hole in the bottom of her left foot, possibly made to mount the figure on a stand.