LEAPING WOMAN FROM THE SEPIK REGION OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The Leaping woman because of her split leg stance, is sometimes referred to as a two kina meri (prostitute) but she is really a protector of women.She is said to have great protective power, if she sees a man abusing a woman, she can turn him into a woman. Powerful women are common in Sepik clan stories, she often discovers the knowledge and tools that the villagers need to survive. A typical saying is that women had the power but the men took it from them. She has cowrie shell eyes and is wearing a seed necklace. Her skirt is made from coconut fronds.
The holes on the underside are from old tropical insect damage. Signs of historical wear and tear with native repair. Most items were collected by ourselves while we were living and working in Papua New Guinea in the 1980's. We are now downsizing from our large old farmhouse to something more manageable for our age. Some carvings have signs of wear and tear due to age.Some have cracking which occurs as a result of taking items from the tropics to a colder, drier environment. Please take a look at our other items from Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, Bali, and Burma.
The item "SEPIK LEAPING WOMAN FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA" is in sale since Sunday, August 22, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\Oceanian/Australasian". The seller is "hendre" and is located in Aberystwyth. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam.