Head of an old Sepik ritual hook, human hair.
This beautifully carved old frtagment from the 1960s was once thew head of a flute. This well carved head was the top of a ritual hook. It is decorated with three shell disk and shell ornaments through the nose and both ears though part of one ear ornament has been lost. Remnant human hair tufts and white lime pigment. Height 24 cm / 9 1/2inches.