Male ancestor figure. Humboldt Bay, New Guinea.
[Probably first half of the 20th century]. Wood with black and red painted decoration; height 39.5 cm; no repair or restoration; mounted on a perspex base.
Provenance: J. F. G. Umlauff, Hamburg (the ethnographic dealership and associated museum established in 1868 by Johann F. Gustav Umlauff ran until 1974); Ketterer, Munich, 18 November 1978, lot 293, where the piece was offered together with its companion figure, a female counterpart; the female figure was subsequently sold by Kunstauktionshaus Zemanek-Münster, Auction 89, July 7 2018, lot 40 (realised price: EUR 3780); ex Heinz Mars, Würzburg; ex Davidson Auctions, Sydney, 23 September 2018, lot 459.
Humboldt Bay lies on the northwest coast of the island of New Guinea. Now known as Yos Sudarso Bay, with its urban centre Jayapura (formerly Hollandia), it lies just inside the border between the Indonesian province of West Papua and Papua New Guinea.