Water spirit figure

Water Spirit Figure
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A kneeling figure with hands on knees, wearing a horned headdress on its disproportionately large head. It is decorated with knotted fibre tassels in the ears, the nose and around both wrists. The face and the back of the head are painted white and red-brown on black, with cowrie shell eyes. The arms are painted with white and red-brown bands on black.

It has been suggested that the figure might represent a water spirit. The area below the head and between the feet might serve as a place to put some sort of small container or offering for good luck. It is equally likely that the figure was carved for the tourist market, and has no specific reference or particular use.
Object details
Type of object:
Type category: -
Width: 43 cm
Height: 13 cm
Depth: 12 cm
Style/Period: Unknown/unspecified
Date range: -
Discovery site: Unknown/unspecified
Personal name: -
Role: -
Culture: -
Record data
Artworld id: 20309
Current accession number: 3
Former accession number: 7
Credit line: -
Recorded by: Peter Evans
Record date: Mon, 17th Mar 2008
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