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.
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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.
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...
Beautifully hand carved vintage mother of pear brochect pin.
Dimension: 3 x 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 hewn canoe backsplash with beautifully carved birds from Trobriand Islands, PNG. Carved from hard wood with a rich brown patina c. 1920-1930s. This piece was recently correctly dated by a well-known and highly respected Santa Fe, NM tribal arts dealer. This information may be obtained by email. 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