Large New Guinea Upper Sepik River Washkuk Hornbill Bird Clan Totem w/ Bold Pigments
Origin: New Guinea, Upper Sepik River, Washkuk (Provenance: Field Collected by Lynda Cunningham, Philmont NY)
Period/Date: Circa 1960s
Materials: Hardwood, charcoal paint, lime, rattan, natural earth pigments of white lime, charcoal, yellow, orange and red ocher.
Description: This beautiful Hornbill bird sculpture is presented on a custom display stand. It was the top finial of a large clan totem mask. In person it has a warm positive countenance and retains most of its bold pigments looks. It is deeply and skillfully carved and artist so accurately captured the spiritual essence of this revered bird. It has a tightly woven band of rattan around the center of its shaft. In excellent condition with minor old loss to the upper beak.
Dimensions: Height 23 1/8” (58.5 cm), Width 15.25” (39 cm)