New Guinea Coastal Sepik Bark Cloth beater w/ Ancestor Face
Origin: New Guinea, Lower Sepik/ Coastal Sepik River Provenance: Ex. Collection of Alan Kratz Los Angeles
Materials: Reddish Hardwood (possibly mangrove)
Description: This old tapa beater has seen many generations of use and has acquired a rich patina. The end of the handle features an ancestor face griping an object in its mouth. The face mask-like and well-formed, having a large relief-carved nose. There are two shallow holes on the backside for mounting pegs in the field. Its striking face is waffled into a an attractive diamond pattern.
Note: The group of 4 tapa beaters in the last photo can be purchased for $2100.
Dimensions: Length 16” (40.5 cm), Width 1 5/8” (4 cm)