a representation of a spirit
a central smiling figure with small legs. motifs in red, white, yellow, and black.
the back has good signs of age .However
we date the piece conservatively from the sixties or seventies. Overall staining to the white field from traditional usage in displays where large numbers of spirit boards were exhibited outside of a mens house.
provenance :Jack edler
Field collected by John C. Edler, former curator of the Hemmeter collection.
John Edler (also known as Jack Edler) was one of the primary field
collectors in New Guinea in the 70's and lived there for many years. He sold
almost exclusively to Museums, was personal curator to the Hemmeter
collection, and wrote the book about the Polynesian collection of Mr.
Hemmeter. He has been used in Sotheby's and Christies catalogs provenance