Spirit figure, yipwon
"Roberto Matta Echaurren Collection, Paris." Catalog #266, New Guinea Art: Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, 2005, Volume 2, p. 125.)
Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund
2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.
1967 - Musée de L'Homme, Paris, 1967, "Arts Primitifs dans les Ateliers d'Artistes."
Formerly in the collection of Chilean-born Surrealist artist Roberto Matta (1911-2002). The head is quite naturalistic, emphasized as the most spiritually important part of the body. The body is abstracted: inward-curving hooks represent ribs surrounding the heart, a single straight projection in the center. A bent leg extends from the spine.