A trio of ear plugs from Papua New Guinea. They range from 2-1/2” to 3-3/8” in diameter and are made from coconut. Each is decorated with a nicely carved design. A rare find in this condition, all with intact stems. $85
A fine shell pectoral necklace from the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea, ca. early 20th Century. It consists of two large, hinged shell pieces tied with fiber and bound with cloth. That material is used to suspend a shell pendant and has numerous small cowrie shells attached to it. Extensively worn, minor damage, comes in old display case.
a fine massim lime spatula with a bird motive on the handle 23cm,ex marcia and john friede collection ,ex belgium collection
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...
Showing saurian-type features, the light weight wooden carving has a simulated chain-link opening on one end. Patina is well-worn, bleached and varied, yet was obviously cared for, attesting to its actual use. Early-mid 20th century. Of Melanesian origin, this is a larger example measuring 17 1/8"L x 3.25" W. Very fine condition. Provenance: Marc Lissauer, 1970's.
Mid 20th Century, collected in 1970's, this figure comes from the Lower Sepik River area where it meets the Bismark Sea. Murik Lakes is a combination of fresh and salt water lakes, in the Lower Sepik River Region of Papua New Guinea.
This female amulet figure of a woman and child, it finely carved from dark wood, she is holding a baby, possibly just given birth, it could be the placenta between her legs...
Rare Chambri / Aibom Pottery Jar - Papua New Guinea (Ex. 1970's Collection)
This rare pottery jar was part of a large collection of artifacts collected from the region of the Sepik River, Papau New Guinea in the 1970's. Most of the collection comprised wooden artifacts, but there were also some much rarer pottery items that we were able to acquire...
A Solomon Islands carved wood crescent shaped Samoan club. Appears (from our familiarity with Chinese furniture) to be ironwood. The incised decoration is partially filled with remaining encrustation. Good condition with minor surface wear (judging from which, a good patina has accumulated on this quite hard wood.) The flattened end of the grip, however, might possibly have at some point extended a bit longer (though there is patina to that surface as well.) Length, 25 1/8 inches (63.8 cm)
A Fabulous good luck bringing very large Maori green jade fish hook pendant. An old one totally hand carved without any machine help, Beautiful even colour of spinach green jade oily to the touch. Amazing size of 7.4 cm. x 5.5 cm.- Very good condition.
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Sepik River, New Guinea. Wooden rafter hook. Inlaid cowrie eyes. 20 1/2" x 5" x 2 3/4" 1 lb. 3 oz.
Sepik River, New Guinea. Wooden 'birdman' figure. Carefully carved. The head dress has some damage, and there is a tight hairline split to the inner part of the beak. 19" x 3 1/2" 15 oz.
Solomon Islands. Makira (San Cristobal) Island. Frigate bird with fish. Carved wooden bowl, painted and shell inlaid with parinarium nut glue. Abrasion to some extremities, with some exfoliation, and the armature element that supports the fish is cracked. 12" x 4 1/4" tall, x 2 1/2" 6 oz.
A casuaris bone dagger from Papua New Guinea.
Dutch collection, probably 1960's
Small damage to one of the ornaments as visible on the pictures.
Hewe-Meri, also known as Two-Kina Meri, she is the Protector of Women. If she see a man abusing a woman she will turn him into a woman.
This beautiful wild figure of Hewe-mere with legs spread open, arms out stretched, if hand carved from a light wood, it had tribal hand painting on the face, the eyes are shells. She is wearing a grass skirt, and is anatomically correct underneath her skirt. It was gifted to a Red Cross worker in the 1960's – 70's...
a rare Kewa headdress made of rattan and cassowary feathers .Kewa tribe from southern Highlands.Papua New Guinea.87cm
This very fine old and worn canoe prow was collected on in the Muric Lakes Region around the mouth of the Sepic River. Carved with Talismans and clam symbols, the two faces here are typical of designs from this region.
Dimensions: 54 inches high X 18 inches wide at the base X 14 inches deep
Weight: 30 Lbs.
A rare carved Sepik River Mask decorated with mud embedded cowrie shells and human hair...
Brilliant coral branch brooch pin, with simulated diamond decoration.
Measurement: 6 cm long x 3 cm width