Huon Gulf. Pre-contact, probably late 19th-early 20th century. 5” height. The figure squatting on a base with arms and legs cut away from the body. Hands drawn to the face. The base and limbs with stipple bands. The forehead with hound’s tooth band. A tenon below the base for mounting. Surface wear with deep brown patina. The surfaces are produced with very fine line individual cuts, probably made with rodent teeth indicative of a very confident and experienced carver. That as opposed to the more common scraped surfaces made with sea shells. Quite early for these, most of which date to mid-20th century and especially skillfully carved as expected for early examples.
Stock Number: FNS2408

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