For its 17th participation to TEFAF Maastricht, Bernard de Grunne presents an unexpected corpus of Coastal Sepik human figures from Papua New Guinea.

His researches over the last decades on the subject allowed him to gather this exceptional group, all collected in the vast Lower Sepik Coastal region ranging from the Murik Lakes to the north west to mouth of the Ramu river to the South East. These important ancestral effigies are generally called kandimbong and represent personifications of clan founders, famous clan founders and also mythical cultural heroes.


Sepik - Kandimbong: On the Ancestor Statuary from the Coastal Sepik Region

Galerie de Grunne @Tefaf 2017: Figures d'ancêtres de la région côtière du Bas Sepikt

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 - Meet the Expert Bernard de Grunne


Seated Baule as thrones of Spirits

Styles and Masterhands in Tribal Art