Mid-20th Century Melanesian New Hebrides Islands (Vanuatu) Shield, with woven rattan attachments. 67 x 10 inches, 170 x 25.5 cm.
Asmat Tribe War Shield and Spirit Protecting Shield, made on the Dutch (Indonesian) side of New Guinea (Irian Jaya) by the Asmat people. It shows carving done by stone or shell tools, rather than more recent metal examples, and is carved in a style and technique that dates it to the mid-20th Century. 74 x 20 inches, 188 x 51 cm.
Collected in 1944, this dance rattle (known as a vivang), comprised of nut pods (pangium edule), woven fiber and twine, is used in traditional dance ceremonies in the Malakula Islands of Vanuatu, formerly known as New Hebrides. The collection tag is still attached to the rattle, and gives the date and location where it was acquired...
Carved of buffalo horn, and with an inset wood base, this Shaman's medicine container, or guri guri, measures 8" high and the base is 3" across. The carving is superb, with fine detail, wonderful posture, and is interesting from every angle. With a very dark patina from age, the horn shows signs of wear on the base, where it would have been held. The ancestral figure sits above a magical beast, with two crocodiles moving around the base, and has a powerful and striking demeanor...
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 figure, with pigment, and the remains of a tapa breech cloth, and a shell necklace. 22" x 6" x 3 3/4" (23" on 6' x 4' stand) 2 lb. 10 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.
Old mask from East or Central Timor. The previous owner told me, what well might be an apocryphal tale, that this was recovered from “secret hiding place” after a brush fire that was caused by a skirmish between Fretilin and the Indonesian Army during the 1970’s...
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.
A Papua New Guinea trumpet, so called "fu".
Bamboo tube with carving.
From a Dutch collection, ca. 1950's-1960's.
Good condition, no cracks
A rarely encountered vintage man's ceremonial vest, adorned with rows of Nassau shells on both the front and back, with a band of traditional embroidery encircling the bottom.. Banded at the neck and shoulders with red trade cloth and finished with cotton fringe. A scarce and desirable vestige of a disappearing community. Well used over the years with stains of sweat, body oil and losses from environmental damage. Only one very small area of loose shell at the shoulder...
A large and gracefully formed, boat shaped wood bowl. Carved from one piece of wood this piece is a work of art.
With spirit figures at the mid section and some what fish shaped figures on each side of the end portion this bowl is quietly understated. Nice patine with interior encrustation. As shown there is modest rim loss and a short crack.
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 carved hardwood plaque depicting a heavily tattooed Maori figure with top-knot and holding a Mere (traditional short club); the eyes are inset with Paua (abalone) shells.
This item was acquired with the large mask (item #201 in our catalogue) and is signed with the same initials.
Condition: very good - the left toe of the left foot is missing; no other damages and no repairs.
75cm (29.5 inches) high.
For many additional enlargements please view item #0455 on our Liverpool Shop...
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.