I know this is an african art group but hopefully someone knows New Guinea art and can help me to identify what type of figures I have recently purchased. The small figure has museum numbers on the back that say 6723, 20 Meilen, Bassler on the back. The sticker reads Sepik River, New Guinea, Coll. 1860's, Amsterdam Museum. It also states "This specimen illustrated in a book on New Guinea Art". I am wondering if anyone has seen this figure in a book or knows what it was used for? Thanks alot.
The folder with the pictures of the figures are under - New Guinea figures:
http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ album/419704783/ pic/list