FETISH, ASMAT, LARGE SHELL AND BEADSKU PRS500
The Asmat are considered the premier wood carvers of the primitive world. They live on the south coast of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island inhabiting the largest tidal swamp in the world. Truly a pre-stone age culture, the Asmat came to world attention when Michael Rockefeller, the son of the Vice-President of the United States disappeared while on an expedition in their area. The New York museum of Art had an entire wing constructed to house the collection amassed during this ill-fated expedition. All true Asmat carvings must be purchased in New Guinea as there has developed a cottage industry in Bali and Java for producing “knock off” pieces presented as authentic Asmat carvings.
This fetish has some years on it. I acquired the item in the middle 1980's and have continued ownership until now. In near perfect condition, all things considered, thei item is ready to move on tp greener pastures. The fetish is near 10 inches long.