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A fine Mentawai wooden boat paddle

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1960   item# 1207601 (stock# M332 P)

A fine Mentawai wooden boat paddle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Price and further provenance on request 

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.


Solomon Islands wooden short club staff with heads

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1205638 (stock# S24331)

Solomon Islands wooden short club staff with heads
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$950.00...further provenance available 

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.


An Iatmul over-modeled ritual 'payback' dagger

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1950   item# 1195605 (stock# P33871)

An Iatmul over-modeled ritual 'payback' dagger
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$500.00...further provenance on request 

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. T ...click for details


A Manus Island wooden handled Kundu drum

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Artifacts: Pre 1950   item# 1193962 (stock# P92316)

A Manus Island wooden handled Kundu drum
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$600.00.....further provenance on request 

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. Unusual use of lizard skin head shows legs of repti ...click for details


An early painted bark carrier (angum) by Lily Karadada

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1970   item# 1193758 (stock# A47610)

An early painted bark carrier (angum) by Lily Karadada
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Price and further provenance on request 

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. In very fine condition overall, with some fla ...click for details


A Middle Sepik area war trumpet with crocodile head

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1159257 (stock# AC09.1.9)

A Middle Sepik area war trumpet with crocodile head
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$700.00...further provenance on request 

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 middle Sepik River spirit mask for a house gable

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1123014 (stock# AC09.1.28)

A middle Sepik River spirit mask for a house gable
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$950.00...further provenance on request 

A much weathered but intact example of a larger mask form placed onto the roof line of a sacred house. The main face is that of an ancestor with prominent eyes and open mouth. The chin area is long and pointed and zoomorphic in design, recalling scaly reptilian hide and secretive eyes. A large hornbill crane or waterbird is sprawled across the forehead and ingeniously blends into the fantastic composition. Traces of color are evident yet, but, overall, the original organic pigments (red, black, ...click for details


A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1960   item# 1117580 (stock# N245221)

A Mt. Hagen presentation axe (di kurugu)
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$1,000.00....further provenance available 

Of the type used for trade, bride price, and public ceremony, with plaited rattan and yellow orchid binding, and removable greenstone blade. Though found in the Mt.Hagen area, such axes are typically made by the people of the Jimi Valley, Papua New Guinea. This example measures 24"H x 21.50"W, is in very fine condition aside from minor nicks and stains to the original stone blade, and comes from a European private collection, circa 1960's. Custom steel mount.


A fine Middle Sepik River polychrome house panel

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1940   item# 1041070 (stock# AC09.1.58mc)

A fine Middle Sepik River polychrome house panel
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$600.00...provenance available on request 

This wooden panel from the interior of a sacred house originates from the Middle Sepik River area. It was most likely created by Iatmul peoples, and shows great movement and dimension for such a shallow relief carving. Medium hardwood with organic, polychrome paints; very fine aged patina. Early 20th century. 65.50"L x 13.75"W. Excellent condition with old, dormant insect damage, mainly visible on the reverse; a small, more recent loss midway along the right edge. A beautiful example. ...click for details


A Middle Sepik canoe prow with crocodile and snake

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1930   item# 1040987 (stock# AC09.1.39mc)

A Middle Sepik canoe prow with crocodile and snake
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


Sale Pending 

This massive canoe prow, in the form of a crocodile head, shows a snake effigy in the process of uncoiling across its topside. Once part of the front end of a dugout 'crocanoe,' this type of naturalistic carving was believed to help guard against crocodile attacks due to its resemblance to the creature itself. The story goes in this part of Papua New Guinea: crocodiles do not kill other crocodiles. Middle Sepik River area. Heavy, dense, hardwood with weathered, aged patina; traces of whi ...click for details

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