The Judith Kutzen Levin New Guinea Art Collection

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Human figure with large oval head, standing on rounded base with arms resting on abdomen.  Face painted with white and red pigments, eyes inlaid with cut snail shell disks, body ornament of fiber and shell, including bracelets, anklets, necklace and ear ornaments. Back of figure undecorated
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, pigments, fiber, shell
Height circa 30 inches
2
Suspension hook with chevron top and crescent-shaped hook portion.  The upper portion with a human face in relief, the eyes inlaid with cowries.  Surface carved with circular and bracket-shaped designs and a crocodile in relief on the shaft connection upper and lower elements
Middle Sepik River, possibly Iatmul, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, shell
Height circa 30 inches
3
Woman's fiber skirt with polychrome and natural strands, partly braided
Probably Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Fiber, dye
Maximum dimension circa 24 inches
4
Figural bowl carved with human face and serpents or segmented creatures at the temples
Probably Tami Island or neighboring Northwest Coast, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood with white lime inlay
Length circa 28 inches
5
Figural suspension hook composed of a large human face with bird design on forehead, and beak projecting below chin.  Face extends upward from the center of the crescentic hook element, which is surface carved with worm like elements. Pained with polychrome pigments and ornamented with fiber ties in perforated ear rims
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, red, black, white, and red pigments, fiber suspensions
Height circa 20 inches
6
Figure of a man crouching on an oval openwork base with an alligator on his back; both animal an human eyes inlaid with cowries; the man with fiber ties on wrists and ankles and elaborately painted facial ornamentation
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, white, yellow and dark pigment, fiber
Length 18, width 10 inches
7
Oval stool or seat composed of a flat bench with two flat vertical side supports and a pair of skid-like feet forming the base carved in low relief with bird imagery and repeating designs on the edge of the seat and the skid base
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, pigments
Length circa 24 inches
8
Figural seat or neckrest composed of a crocodile standing on an oval-coiled serpent, whose head and tail meet in its mouth
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, dark, white, and yellow pigments
Length circa 18 inches
9
Mask carving of a human head with lime inlaid facial details and cowry eyes, the coiffeur or hat engraved with fine traditional designs of oval, and triangular form.  Fiber suspensions in ears and on hanging loop
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, lime, fiber
Height 14 inches
10
Flute stopper with standing human figure with male genitals and female breasts, wearing shell ear ornaments and fiber suspensions, the front of the  body painted with red and white details, they eyes inlaid with shell, nose of elongated open form, joined to chest
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, fiber, pigment, shell
Height of figure only circa 16 inches
11
Mask carving with shell inlaid eyes, loop nose extending to chin and penis-shaped projection below; face painted with black pigment on tan ground
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, pigment, fiber suspension cord
Height 15 inches
12
Phallocrypt or penis gourd ornamented with shells
Probably West Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Gourd, fiber, shells, adhesive
Length circa 14 inches
13
Drum of hourglass shape with hide tympanum and cloth wrapped binding
Uncertain tribal or regional origin, Papua New Guinea
Wood, cloth, hide, fiber
Height 12 inches
14
Bamboo container with wooden stopper and fiber binding
Uncertain tribal or regional origin, Papua New Guinea
Bamboo, plaited fiber, wood
Length 14 inches
15
Lime tube with fine engraving in bands around the circumference and with its dipper, or stick carved with a parrot head finial
Probably Mindimbit Village, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Bamboo, cassowary bone
Height overall circa 13 inches
16
Adze with stone blade and raffia binding
Probably Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, stone, raffia
Length 20 inches
17
Phallocrypt or penis sheath of basketry ornamented with shell and seed suspensions around the base and at the tip
Probably West Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Basketry, fiber, shell, and seeds
Length circa 10 inches
18
Phallocrypt or penis gourd over-modeled with a human face, pigmented, and inlaid with shells
Probably Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Gourd, fiber, shells, adhesive
Length circa 10 inches
19
Openwork finial composed of a mask with marginal suspension an openwork shaft terminating in a crocodile head
Probably Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, with pigment and fiber suspensions
Length 18 inches
20
Abstract crescentic mask form painted with contour outlines, marginal suspension and, a spike projecting below
Possibly Ramu River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, fiber, pigment
Height of mask only 10 inches
21
Spear thrower of monoxyous form with a vane carved midway down the shaft and a conical finial, traces of red pigment and with fiber suspensions
Uncertain origin, Papua New Guinea
Wood, fiber, pigment
Length circa 30 inches
22
Flute or lime tube stopper carved as a totemic group with a kneeling female surmounted by a hornbill with exaggerated open work beak; both figures painted black, white and with cowry-inlaid eyes
Probably Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Wood, pigment, fiber, shell
Height circa 20 inches
23
Pottery vessel with strap handle terminating in animal heads, the body of the vessel modeled with janus faces and painted with black, white, and yellow pigment
Probably Chambri Lakes area, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Pottery, pigment
Diameter 7 inches
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Pig tusk pendant with fiber cross, shell and seed bead elements
Possibly Highlands area West Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Fiber, pig tusks, shells, seeds
Length circa 12 inches