Nose ornament ”Asmat”
Asmat-people, Agats, Western New Guinea, Indonesia, early 20th century, private collection from Finland.
The Asmat are a coastal people occupying a low-lying swampy region in Indonesian province of Irian Jaya. Their homeland covers approximately 25,000 square kilometers in southwestern Irian Jaya. The swampy region include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest. Asmat people are widely known for the quality of their wood sculptures, and they are also notorious for their traditional practises of headhunting and cannibalism, which were linked to the unsolved disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, 23-years old son of former New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, in 1961 while touring the region to collect indigenous artwork.
This aged and robust nose ornament is made of wild boar tusk. Age-related wear. Beautiful patina. Size approx. 10cm x 1,5cm.