A miniature Japanese Arita double gourd vase decorated with a scrolling floral design in iron-red, yellow and green enamels, the neck slightly reduced and fitted with a white metal stopper to allow its use as a flacon. Height: 6.1 cm. Eighteenth century.
Reduced, no other damage.
The elegant, hardwood example with ridged spade form paddle section. The shaft is finely incised with simple designs and the end handle has the typical, delicate and thin, U-shaped form found on these monoxylous objects. Showing a fine, varied and shiny, medium brown, aged patina. Collected in the 1970's by a Belgian couple. Custom steel mount. Rare item.
65.25"L x 6"W, maximum.
A rare kauri gum head of a Maori woman. Height: 3 ½ in. c. 1900.
Minor chips, inevitable with the material. No other faults.
This New Zealand Maori Jade Carved Hei Tiki measures 2 3/4 inches by 2 inches and is about 3/8 of an inch in thickness.
It dates from the early 20th century or even earlier.
It is carved from an outstanding piece of deep green jade with a small, lighter colored feather in between the eyes...
A fine Throwing Club (i ula drisia) from Fiji, 17-1/2" long, late 19th century. The handle has nicely carved decorative designs, executed with great skill. This easily portable club was the everyday weapon in peaceful times. A man would carry as many as three of these thrust into his waistband...
This finely turned Hawaiian koa wood bowl with shades of amber & brown measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter by 4 1/2 inches deep. It dates circa 1920-1940. It also has a few cracks with alternating cross hatch repairs on the bottom (see enlargement).
This outstanding old bowl has a wonderful color and patina.
A beautifully carved Orator Stool from the Korogo village of the Middle Sepic River region. This important piece is 57" tall, in excellent condition, ornately decorated with a variety of shell inlays and polychrome pigment. The figure is wearing a seed necklace. Some of the facial decor is missing. Collected in the 1950's.
A Maprik polychrome head, 10" high. Made from lightweight wood, hollow inside. Apparently attached to a very large figure at one time. Some visible old insect damage. Collected in the 1950's, but older than that.
A 28" suspension hook from The Middle Sepic River region of New Guinea, carved in a traditional spirit figure shape. Heavy hardwood with good patina. Collected in the 1950's.
A beautifully carved hook, 20" tall, from the Middle Sepic River region of New Guinea. This rare female figure is finely detailed and is wearing an antique necklace of small metal beads and a crucifix. Collected in the 1950's.
An important Chambri Lakes area drum. This ornately decorated instrument is 30" high, elaborately carved and painted, as well as heavily decorated with a large variety of shells, beads and seed pods serving as rattles. The lizard skin drum head is cracked. Collected in the 1950's.
An ornately carved Maprik Drum, 29" high. This hand held drum is wonderfully decorated with a variety of spirit figures, both painted and carved. Drum head is missing. Collected in the 1950's.
An exquisitely carved Orator Stool from the Korogo village of the Middle Sepic River region. This important piece is 50" tall, in excellent condition, ornately decorated with a variety of shell inlays and polychrome pigment. The figure is wearing a large shell pectoral piece. Collected in the 1950's.
An outstanding polychrome Fertility Cult figure from the Yamok people of the Middle Sepic River region. It is 40" high, carved from dense hardwood and wonderfully painted in fine detail. Collected in the 1950's.
A rare New Guinea tortoiseshell leg cuff with deeply incised stylized designs over all the outer surface. Perforations along the inner edges for lacing. Approximately 4 inches tall by 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Late 19th to early 20th Centuries.