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An ancestral figure, with elongated stylised headdress, Keram river, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 61 cm

A finial figure in the form of a male ancestor, with a hornbill bird perched on his back, Abelam people, Maprik region, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, 104 x 112 cm

A Gope board, showing signs of age, extensively carved and decorated with red ochre, collection # 3.882.225, Siviri village, Karima area Papuan Gulf PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, Ex Deutscher & Hackett Lot 189, AWN91

A large ancestral hook figure, weathered appearance, profusely incised design of recurring scallops, collection # 77965, Chambri Lakes, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 180 cm

A Gope board, with stylised figure incised to front with exaggerated head, decorated with natural earth pigments, Papuan Gulf region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 145 cm

A cult figure, of unusual form, series of stylised ribs centred around an exaggerated navel, collection # 127945, Karawari river, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 116 cm

A shield, carved in the form of large ancestral face, incised with traditional motifs, considerable wear and chipping on top and bottom, Kambot village, Keram river, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 173

An ancestral figure of an Asmat warrior holding a Severed human head, decorated with tufts of cassowary feathers, mounted on wooden stand, Asmat region, West Papua. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 55 cm

A canoe prow, weathered appearance, carved with traditional patterns and with a squatting human figure to top, Murik Lakes, lower Sepik river PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 54 cm

An ancestral figure, with incised tribal markings on torso and face, grass skirt and mother of pearl eyes, lateral crack on rear of head and shoulder, mounted on custom metal stand, Highlands area PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu colle

An ancestral figure, weathered appearance, portion of leg and genitalia missing, other slight damages as per image A/F, Yangaru region, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 83 cm

A flute mask, elaborate carved design decorated with natural earth ochres, designed to be strapped to a flute during ceremony, on custom metal stand, Ramu river, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 4

A Ramu river ancestral figure, in classic form with protrusions on face, mounted on custom steel stand, repair to top protuberance, East Sepik Province, PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 97 cm

A Yangaru ancestral figure, of graceful form, traces of natural red ochre on torso, lower portions of arms and body missing, mounted on wooden stand, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 59 cm

A Keram river ancestral figure, in classic form with elongated nose joining genitals, mounted on wooden stand, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 7 cm

A female ancestral figure, in squatting form, on wooden base, middle Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 56 cm

An ancestral figure, on custom steel stand, signs of wear, collection # 748, Waskuk region, PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 35 cm

A roof finial figure, of a male figure with upswept arms and bird crouched on back, portion of arm and cross missing, of weathered appearance consistent with use A/F, ex Christensen collection # CC60916, Sepik river region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George So

A canoe prow in the form of a bird figure, with slight damage to snout, collection # 127848, Sepik region, PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 72 cm

A pottery figure, Kwoma people, Waskuk Hills, upper Sepik region, Papua New Guinea, 25 x 15 x 16 cm

A pottery figure, Kwoma people, Waskuk Hills, upper Sepik region, Papua New Guinea, 28 x 17 x 17 cm

A ritual pottery figure, Amaki, Waskuk Hills, Papua New Guinea, 26 x 23 x 18 cm

A Talipun Bride Price, woven fibre figure with outstretched arms and shells attached to a turbo shell base, Yangaru region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 37 x 38 x 21 cm

A Massim finger drum and figure, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, height 31 cm

An ancestral figure of a Squatting female, middle Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea, height 52 cm

A large drum, finely carved, lower Sepik river, 74 x 22 x 17 cm

A Garamut drum, profusely carved with traditional design on both sides, and a male figure at each terminus, mounted on a custom steel stand, Murik Lakes, lower Sepik river region Papua New Guinea, length 205 cm

A Yipwon figure, carved wood with traces of natural earth ochres, mounted on a steel stand, Karawari river, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: collected by Cyril van Elst, palm beach, Sydney, in the 1960s, height 160 cm

An old staff finial, in the form of a squatting figure wearing a red initiates hat, Bougainville Island Papua New Guinea, height 22 cm

An old trade axe, with carved and painted wooden haft decorated with woven tassels. Provenance: ex collection Guy Allen, plantation owner in New Britain before World War II, length 91 cm

A Sepik stool, finely carved with anthropomorphic feet on both ends of the stool, middle Sepik river area, Papua New Guinea, height 44 cm

A highland female figure and Sepik figure, the female figure in charming naive style, the fine Sepik river figure probably from an older flute stopper, Papua New Guinea, height 38 - 43 cm

An ancestral figure, in hunched form, base weathered, Astrolabe Bay, PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 48 cm

A female ancestral figure, in squatting form with malevolent expression, human hair on head and decorated with cowrie shells, plastic buttons and woven fibre binding, Japandai village, Sepik river region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Y

An ancestral figure, of weathered appearance, remnants of white ochre on face, cowrie shell eyes, Kanangra village, Blackwater river, Sepik region PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 72 cm

An ancestral carving, in very heavy wood, in the form of a figure reclining, one shell eye missing, minor chips, Timbunke village, Sepik river PNG. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 50 cm

A canoe prow, in the form of a male figure entwined with an elaborate ancestral being, traces of ochre, Asmat region, West Papua. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, length 83 cm

A male ancestral figure, in the form of an ancestral man standing atop an elaborate ancestral being, collection # 880170, Asmat region, West Papua. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 68 cm

A female Asmat ancestral figure, in squatting form on wooden base, with exaggerated feet and hand to chin, painted with white and red ochre, Asmat region, West Papua. Provenance: the Dr George Soutter and Dr John Yu collection, height 48 cm

An ancestral figure, with elongated nose which traditionally resulted from the inconsolable tears caused by the grief ancestral spirits felt on killing the first crocodile, wood with natural ochre decoration and fibre bindings, Sangriwa village, Blackwater

A Yipwon figure, in hardwood with extensively weathered appearance, exaggerated rib form around navel, in the Sepik region people believe the naval is the central element of bodily strength, Karawari river, East Sepik Province PNG. Provenance: the Dr Georg

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