Of Janus form, with faces and bird beaks on opposing sides, this large food storage vessel is from the Chambri Lakes region, near the Sepik River in New Guinea. Formed of the local clay by the women, the decoration and paint was applied by the men, in honor of ancestral beings. Utilized to store the flour of the sago palm, the vessels were also used as currency in trading with other indigenous groups. The vessel is 13 3/4" high and slightly wider, from tips of bird beaks...
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...
Very big Chinese Shadow Puppet. Good condition. 39 cms. Sha'anxi.
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.
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
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.
Showing two highly similar busts of mythical origin, with a fine deep, reddish brown, shiny patina from much handling. This early 20th century hard wood carving was collected in the 1950's by Arthur Oriel. It measures 31.75" L and is in fine condition except for a very slight, old loss to the tip of the nose of the top head.
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.
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...