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A very rare Ancestor Karawari carving - Karawari, Sepik River Basin, PNG - c. 18th or 19th Cent

carved wood
71.0 x 30.0 x 16.0 c
EST. $6,000 - $8,000



Senta Taft Hendry collected this work in situ in the late 1950s. Senta Taft founded the famous Galeries Primitif in Sydney in 1961, and ran it continuously until her death in 2015
Private Collection, NSW


During the late 1950s and early 1960s, many ancient carvings were discovered in caves close to the Karawari River, and remain to this day the oldest surviving Sepik artefacts, due to the perfect preservation qualities in the caves.