Large Irivake supernatural mythic figure. Unusually large of its type, the mythical figure stands on turned out short bent legs with grooved bands at joints. Fibber skirt tied at waist and exaggerated long torso with swollen abdomen and arms turned up. The torso, limbs and circular face are carved with flowing geometric linear patterns with raised outline and highlighted in ocher-red and white pigment. Surface weathered, pigment fades. Mairipepea Village, Papua New Guinea. Custom made base. Provenance: Estate of Dr. Ruth Lax, NYC., acquired from Ron Perry, Tucson, AZ., exhibited: The American Museum of Natural History, NYC, 1971.