RARE 19TH C. KORWAR Animal Form HEADREST, Irian Jaya!
19TH C. KORWAR Animal Form HEADREST, Irian Jaya!
Origin: Indonesia,Irian Jaya, Cendrawasih Bay( Geelvink Bay), Yapen Island, Korwar (Provenance: Found in an Old New Jersey collection)
Period/Date: 19th Century
Description: This wonderful archaic headrest features a fascinating stylized animal with exposed teeth. The arch of the pillow has a noteworthy elegant curvature. It has a relived-carved tail with the snout connecting to the base. Its broad curved legs transition to carefully formed divided claw-like finder nails. Its striking how much “negative space” there is in its conception. I’ve studied its surface carefully which varies from dry and eroded to smooth stain on the upper half. I concluded that it is well used and was one stored in a location like a cave that flooded. This explains the erosion and old termite holes to the lower half. There is a related example in Art of Northwest New Guinea (figure 36- see photo) that is more clumsy and less archaic. The hook-like tails are very similar. Presented on a custom wood and metal display stand.
Dimensions: Lenght 13.75” (35 cm), width 3 7/8” (10 cm), Height 4.75" (12 cm)