Nose ornament "Otsj"
Asmat-people, Agats, Western New Guinea, Indonesia, early 20th century.
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 gorgeous cassowary bone nose ornament are called "otsj". From ex-collections of the closed museum/foundation from the Netherlands. Good condition. Age-related wear. Small bit missing from one point. Beautiful patina. Size approx. 11cm x 1,8cm.