RARE CARVED ASMAT HORNBILL BIRD, HEADHUNTING CLAN TOTEM
Origin: Irian Jaya, Asmat People (Provenance: recently discovered in an old Los Angeles collection of an anthropology professor)
Period/Date: At least 1960's likely older
Materials: Wood, earth pigments, fiber, feathers, shell, job's tear seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), antique iron nail
Description: This excellent rendering of a Hornbill bird appears to be totally unique! It is presented on a custom metal stand and we believe it was used as a headhunting clan totem in some manner. Judging how old the wood looks in person, as well as field use, we feel it could be surprisingly old. It has lavish shell, seed and feather adornment attached at the neck. In good condition retaining about 75-80 percent of its original charcoal, lime and ocher pigments. There is a very old hand-forged iron nail driven at a diagonal through the end of its tail.
Dimensions: Length 18.75"