Lime Spatula with Squatting Drummer Figure, 19th CenturyJanuary 1, 2004-July 31, 2004
Location: Faith-Dorian and Martin Wright Gallery of Oceanic Art
Curator: Dorit Shafir
This masterpiece from Papua New Guinea is one of the few objects carved in wood by the 19th-century master carver Mutuaga - the only Melanesian artist from this period to whom works can be definitely attributed. It is one of a small number of known Mutuaga masterpieces, attesting to the artist's virtuosity while presenting motifs typical of the art of the Massim area of Papua New Guinea. Gift of the Faith-dorian and Martin Wright family, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum.