A fine and rare small aboriginal bowl. These coolamon were also used for digging and even as cradles for infants. This piece is well over 100 years old and appears to be made using stone tools. Rich patina and signs of use for digging, etc. Patina is much nicer than images show. About 13" long.
Once in a while and object comes along that stumps me completely. This is one of those. I am pretty sure that it is upper Sepik river, that is is mid-2oth century ( say about 1950 or so ), about 7 1/8" long with a nice brown patina and some wear. Now what was it for? It was sold to me as a canoe paddle terminal, which it could be, but it is rather delicate, and the " base " has the same patina as the rest of the piece. I suspect it was used as a charm or amulet or decoration ...click for details
This is a rare bird! I believe it is a figural stopper, and dates to the early 20th century, or possibly earlier. These stoppers were used in the top of ceremonial turmeric and lime containers. This one depicts a frigate bird ( it can also be interpreted as a man with the typical munge dukna ceremonial head dress ). I have never seen one of these that is this detailed in terms of the pattern on the back of the frigate bird's head. Munge Dukna figures are very rare and command prices in t ...click for details