Unusual New Guinea Trobriand Massim Lime Spatula w/ Surrealist Cubist Figure
Origin: E. New Guinea, Milne Bay, Massim People
(Provenance: Faith Dorian-Wright collection, New York. The Wrights were mavericks in collecting oceanic art early on. Pieces from their collection are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Faith-Dorian Wright (1934-2006) was an accomplished artist and was introduced to the arts of Africa by her art teachers in the 1950s. Together with her husband Martin Wright (1930-2018), they assembled their collection mainly in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of their early acquisitions coming from the famous New York dealer John J. Klejman.
Period: First half 20th century
Materials: ebony hardwood,
Description: This slender lime stick has a meandering four-sided shaft, surmounted by a surrealistic stylized crouching ancestor figure. Its cubist face is striking, being stretched long and angular with hands connected to chin! The curvilinear figure is deeply carved and cocoon-like. It shows soft wear and use having acquired a reddish brown tone turning to black. Lustrous patina. Presented on a custom metal display stand. See the other "two" lime spatulas I have for sale.
Dimensions: Height 15 1/8” (38.5 cm), Width 7/8” (2 cm)