Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea
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Chimbu Wood Carving, Skeleton (Alien?) Face, Papua New Guinea

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Vintage from the 1960s

Wood carving from the Chimbu people of Papua New Guinea. Known for their skeleton body painting, this stylized wood carved skull with a perching bird imitates their body painting motifs. Huge eyes, gaping mouth with gaps in the teeth. Overall good condition. About 16 inches high, circa 1960s.

Traditional Chimbu art and decoration represents an ancient genre that 'ancient astronaut theorists' like to use as exemplars for their theories extraterrestrial visitations to prehistoric cultures. You know the drill, large round eyes, a symbolic bird perched on the large round head, etc.