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Steel tribal sculpture.
A renowned local artist and art dealer told me it is of the Benin tribe, but I have not found anything similar by them on-line.
The Larskrutak tribe of Papua New Guinea are well know for their skin carving, quite often related to crocodiles - but again nothing similar found.
The Kaningara tribe in the Middle Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea are also know for their affiliation to crocodiles - and again nothing similar found.
Can you help identify the origins of this piece, or eliminate one of the 3 possible's above ? Who created it and where ? It does seem to be rare, in that I can NOT find any similar examples.
Height 7 inches
Weight 272 grams
if you can answer any of the questions above or can shed some light on it - please contact me.