Lot 178: A Tolai seated figure, New Britain

Tolai people, New Britain. H: 9 1/2"
Figures such as this known as ‘Iniet’ were utilized for magical purposes within the context of a secret society and often buried. The figures are made of chalk and are quite fragile. This example is classical in form and depicts a seated male figure with hands to beard and elbows to knees. On a custom base.

Field collected by Dr. V Schneider

Price Realized: $100

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