By SINCLAIRE SOLOMON
FOUR very rare artifacts from the
They included one of the oldest PNG artifacts in existence – a 107cm magnificent figure of the Ewa people of
The Ewa figure, according to auction house Sotheby’s, which is conducting the June 16 sales, is worth at least 500,000 euros (K1.69 million)
“It is a superb illustration of the conceptual boldness and ethereal beauty of a tradition whose sculpture counts among the oldest,” it said in its online sales catalogue.
Following the tremendous success of Sotheby’s
Another important male figure from the lower
“Its long curved nose, typical of the Kandimbong figures which portray the tribe’s mythical founder,” the Sotheby’s catalogue said.
Sotheby’s said the
The other Sepik artifacts which are expected to sell well are a 40.5cm very rare Biwat mask (50,000 euros or K177, 000) and an equally rare 25cm crouching female figure from
Sotheby’s said: “The June 2010 auction pays tribute to the eye of John Friede and his work in promoting the recognition of the art of
In total 12, PNG artifacts from the Marcia and John Friede Jolika Collection “illustrate the archaic beauty and power of
Five of these objects were formerly part of the collection on view at de Young Museum in
Interestingly, the Biwat mask was initially acquired by expatriate art buyer Wayne Heathcote, who has been linked with
the illegal export of PNG
artifacts which are classed national cultural property.
Two of these state items, from
Viewing of items for the