Turama River Replacement Heads-Dick Randolph-New Guinea Art-Oceanic Art
Along with the great George Craig, one of the last remaining old-time field collectors from the Papuan Gulf is Dick Randolph and this rare wooden replacement head from the Turama River was part of his cache of last remaining artifacts. The Turama River is well to the west in the Papuan Gulf and an area rarely visited by art collectors. This head is quite special with bold, clear designs, flared nose, round eyes and mouth filled with sharp teeth. It is carved from a dense hardwood and dates to the early 20th century and is 11 ½” (29.2 cm) in height.