Village protector in the shape of an ancestor.
Borneo, pre WW2. H. 71 cm. Traces of use and wear.
Rare pre WW2 hardwood lute with a wonderful carving of a kneeling figure on the top. The bottom decorated with a Singa head. Very good wear and patina. H. 67 cm. Comes with a custom made stand. From a Dutch private collection.
Made of hardwood. Decorated with geometric patterns. The handle in the shape of stylized sea birds. The top covered with lizard skin. Good age wear and patina. Ca. mid 20th century.
H. 29 cm.
The finely rendered, naturalistic human face made of gray clay and embedded with cowrie and Nassa shells. Cream pigment, fiber tassels, and feathers further decorate the image. The dagger itself is made of wood, not the usual Cassowary bird leg bone, although it is carved on the backside of the blade to mimic the hollow seen on a bone. Such daggers were pushed into the earth in front of a man wishing to speak in a debate, and his credence was bolstered by the presence of the dagger before him...
This finely carved dance drum comes from Manus Island, the largest island of the Admiralty Islands chain off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Most adult participants in ceremonies throughout Melanesia play such hand drums, but the smaller scale of this example might indicate it belonged to an adolescent or child. Rich, textured, surface patina achieved with a thick, white pigment, then painted in black; carved areas painted in red ocher...
The 'coolamon' form by Mindindil(Bubbles), aka Lily Karadada (born circa 1937), in thick eucalyptus bark material showing four(4)images of the creator god 'Wandjina', with radiating halo-like head surround and similar eyes, schematic nose, and hunched shoulders. Smaller, masked dancer figures, serpents and sprouting flowers separate the deity busts. Painted in organic white, red, and black pigments. 26"L x 12.5"W x 8"H...
Beautiful and finely carved 19th century Tongan paddle club. The entire surface is carved with panels of geometric pattterns and the surface having a good colour and glossy patina. The club measures approximately 39 1/4 inches/ 100cm long. The condition is good with old a couple of minor chips, see detail photographs.
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Beautifully hand carved vintage mother of pear brochect pin.
Dimension: 3 x 2 inches
Beautiful carved vintage mother of pearl brochet pin, flower designg.
Dimension: 3 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 inches
Old, stone-carved trumpet with a realistically carved crocodile's head and embedded nassa shells set into clay around the middle of the object. Evidence of a shinier, darker surface at one time, but now shows a dry patina. Measures 25.50"L x 3.50"W. Early 20TH Century. Losses to the shell encrustation and showing softened features and weathered surface.
PROVENANCE: AASE B. AND C. FREDERICK THOMPSON FOUNDATION, 1980'S.
A fine and large green nephrite axe from Papua New Guinea, Lake Sentani area. Good semi-dull patina. No damage to the sharp end. Lenght 26,5 cm.
This dagger was made from the leg bone of a cassowary bird. It was carved and used as a weapon by one of the indigenous tribal groups of Papua New Guinea, aka PNG. Approx 8 inches long with great patina and makes a wonderful example of an ethnographic artifact.
Adze cut canoe backsplash with beautifully carved birds from Trobriand Islands, PNG. It might have been made for an adolescents canoe. Carved from hard wood with a rich brown patina c. 1960. A fine piece of tribal art. It measures 15" high x 11 1/2" at its widest point.
Sculpture of a Polynesian Dancer or possibly of Javanese or Balinese origins. Not sure of the wood, teak or ebony, if is very dark and heavy. It measures 27 1/2" high and 7 1/2" at its widest. It is very expressive and beautifully executed. Please call or email if you have questions or if you can give me more information on its origins. (I have the following information from a collector of tribal art, "I can assure you that this figure is not Polynesian...
an old overmodeled iatmul skull repainted tribally
ex stefan grusenmeyer
ex belgium collection