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An Abelam woven fiber 'bapa' helmet mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1300749 (stock# A92212)

An Abelam woven fiber 'bapa' helmet mask
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Known as a 'bapa' mask, this large, woven fiber helmet was worn by members of a secret society prior to male initiation ceremonies taking place. Its role was to frighten the women and children away from the area. Bapa masks were also supposed to allow the participating initiates to do their very best. These rattan creations are marvels of fiber weaving, blending basket-like forms and three-dimensional, openwork elements into surreal abstractions to fit over the head of the wearer. Heav ...click for details


A fine Massim area wooden drum

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1287834 (stock# M30971)

A fine Massim area wooden drum
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941.224.0440


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Made from a hardwood, this somewhat heavy, monoxylous drum has been precisely carved with S-scroll patterns and fish imagery typical of the Massim region of Papua New Guinea. Three large cowrie shells are attached to the handle and lend a contrasting, sharp, rattling sound to the deep, growling tone of the drum. Measuring 27 5/8"H x 5 5/8"D, in very fine, still playable condition. Mid-20th century. Provenance: Andrew Tilden, New Orleans, LA.


An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1227712 (stock# P28481)

An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture
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Ritually used lithic material is seldom found in Oceanic Art, especially examples originating from Papua New Guinea. This stone object is highly patinated and weathered, showing an orangish undertone layered on top with a deep black-brown, somewhat shiny surface. It was carefully carved on each side with profile, janus images of two anthropomorphic beings. It seems to have been extensively handled as if in ceremony or divination. The sculpture has an aura of antiquity. Conservatively, I will sa ...click for details


A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1117580 (stock# N245221)

A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)
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Of the type used for trade, bride price, and public ceremony, with plaited rattan and yellow orchid binding, and removable greenstone blade. Though found in the Mt.Hagen area, such axes are typically made by the people of the Jimi Valley, Papua New Guinea. This example measures 24"H x 21.50"W, is in very fine condition aside from minor nicks and stains to the original stone blade, and comes from a European private collection, circa 1960's. Custom steel mount.


A rare Papuan Gulf wicker body mask (kanipu)

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1940   item# 1109960 (stock# P12077)

A rare Papuan Gulf wicker body mask (kanipu)
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From Urama Island, this large-scale woven body mask is typical of the sacred basketry figures used in dramatic dance performances. The region this monumental mask comes from (the Papuan Gulf) has been explored for more than 150 years, yet comparatively little is known about the peoples living in this part of New Guinea. Measuring about 6' H x 27.5"w, the mask is in very good condition with expected losses overall, mainly to the fringe along the bottom, and to the organic white, black an ...click for details


A fine Sepik figurative lime container

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1940   item# 1095454 (stock# AC09.1.12)

A fine Sepik figurative lime container
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Purportedly from Palembei village area, Papua New Guinea, this delicate bamboo container with carved and painted wood top shows a bird (horn bill) perched atop a mythical crocodile with dramatic and fantastic effect. Inset cowrie shells for the bird's eyes, organic paints, and fiber attachments further enlivened the sculpture and gave the owner added prestige. Early-mid 20th century. 33" in length, in excellent condition, but with expected losses, flaking, and fraying commensurate with ...click for details


"Yame" by Malcolm Kirk

Catalogue: Fine Art: Prints: Photographs: Pre 1990   item# 1093771 (stock# K0003)

"Yame" by Malcolm Kirk
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A Chimbu Province man named "Yame" is wearing a circular forehead ornament made from the base of a conus shell. Strands of nassarius shells hang down on either side of his red painted nose. The red and black feathers of a Pesquet's Parrot and the green feathers of a lorikeet are positioned in a whisker-like manner. Part of the "Man as Art" series taken in highland Papua New Guinea between the years of 1967-1980.


A Papua New Guinea hand drum

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1087103 (stock# AC09.1.56)

A Papua New Guinea hand drum
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Probably of Highlands origin, this simple hourglass-form drum is only minimally decorated with linear cuts along its bottom edge. The smooth, blackened surface is pleasing and shows much use and handling. Original lizard skin head. The drum is playable and has a great, wide tonal-range of sound. Early-mid 20th century. 22.5"L x 5.75" Diam. max. Provenance: Aase B. and C. Frederick Thompson Foundation, FL.


Two Papua New Guinea clam shell currency rings

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1920   item# 1041377 (stock# AC09.1.3 -4)

Two Papua New Guinea clam shell currency rings
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The larger example is of Abelam or Boiken origin and has been incised along the edge of the central opening with simple lines which possibly symbolize a hornbill crane. Patina is polished smooth and silky from decades of handling and use. 7.50" Diameter. Late 19th century / early 20th century. Intact and perfect. The smaller, thicker ring is from Nissan Island, located off the coast of Papua New Guinea. It, too, is made from clam shell and has a creamy, smooth surface, but is not as highly ...click for details


A wooden Middle Sepik River child's paddle

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1041057 (stock# AC09.1.15mc)

A wooden Middle Sepik River child's paddle
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This fine child's paddle comes from the Middle Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea. Existing in this riverine environment meant depending on the use of a canoe, and children as young as 3 or 4 years of age were given small versions of craft and paddles to help sharpen their skills on the water. Hardwood with deep, rich red-brown, aged patina. Early-mid 20th century. 40.50"L. Fine condition with softened and well-handled surface.


A Middle Sepik canoe prow with crocodile and snake

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1930   item# 1040987 (stock# AC09.1.39mc)

A Middle Sepik canoe prow with crocodile and snake
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This massive canoe prow, in the form of a crocodile head, shows a snake effigy in the process of uncoiling across its topside. Once part of the front end of a dugout 'crocanoe,' this type of naturalistic carving was believed to help guard against crocodile attacks due to its resemblance to the creature itself. The story goes in this part of Papua New Guinea: crocodiles do not kill other crocodiles. Middle Sepik River area. Heavy, dense, hardwood with weathered, aged patina; traces of whi ...click for details


A superb Murik Lakes or Ramu River region mask

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1940   item# 1040959 (stock# AC09.1.65mc)

A superb Murik Lakes or Ramu River region mask
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This ancestral mask comes from the Murik Lakes / Ramu River region of Papua New Guinea, at the mouth of the Sepik River where it meets the Bismarck sea. It is made from a tight-grained hardwood with encrusted red, black and white trade paint, and has a fine, aged patina. Small holes have been cut through along the sides and larger holes are located at the top and bottom of the mask for attachment to a fiber costume. The pierced ears indicate it is an example from the early 20th century. 16" ...click for details


A Papua New Guinea Massim region wooden hand drum

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1025648 (stock# M10-810)

A Papua New Guinea Massim region wooden hand drum
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A tall, finely carved drum with repeated S-shaped scrolls, overall, and showing four panels with stylized fish in a head to head position. The lizard skin head has been adhered with a resin glue and shows beeswax appliques to help with tuning. The designs show the remains of red and white pigments applied to them. Three, large ovula shells have been tied to the handle, and make a sharp, rattle-like sound which compliments the booming tone of the instrument. Such drums were played during importan ...click for details


A Massim wooden canoe prow ornament

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1940   item# 986204 (stock# M97344)

A Massim wooden canoe prow ornament
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The openwork carving showing several, scrolling and interlocking avi-form designs in classic style. This type of thin wood carving was part of the prow decoration on ocean-going vessels in the Massim region of Papua New Guinea, especially in the Trobriand Islands. This old example dates to the 1930's and measures 23"L x 10"H. It is intact and in very fine condition with much original organic pigments and oil-based (red) paint on both sides. Provenance: Collection of a Southern gen ...click for details


An Eastern Sepik River Basin spear thrower

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 953744 (stock# S212)

An Eastern Sepik River Basin spear thrower
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A fine, old example made from a section of rattan with a wooden, composite zoomorphic carving attached to the shaft. The mythological creature is vaguely saurian, somewhat avian in appearance. Surface is darkened and slightly encrusted overall. Original fiber bindings intact. 29"L. From Papua New Guinea. Early-mid 20th century.

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