Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay are located in the northwest coast of New Guinea but is now part of Indonesia (see map). The region’s distinctive wood sculptures, utilitarian objects and unique bark cloths have attracted intense interest from collectors since the early 1900s. As in other parts of tribal Indonesia, ancestors are venerated by figural sculptures of various sizes. Shown here is a ceremonial dancing staff whose finial depicts a full male figure representing an ancestor. Carved in classic form, the figure has almond-slit eyes, large ears, and chest scarifications signifying clan membership. The patina of this piece is smooth from years of handling. Ex. Michael Thieme (Amsterdam).