Oceanica tribal art japanese pottery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #1266609
The rare and unusual hand drum is from the area where the East and West Sepik Provinces meet. The sides have a classic leaf shaped design common on drums from the coastal mountain ranges in the area. The excepetional part is the handle which is finely carved in the form of a lizard. Glossy patina with remnants of red pigment, monitor lizard skin tympanium is present. 23" tall dates to the first quarter of the 20th century. From Michael Hamson.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1260606
This large and strong mask is from the Keram river. The Keram flows south into the Lower Sepik River. Most likely a canoe mask given the surface and the fact that it has only two piercings at the top and bottom for attachment. 19 3/4" tall, has good age dating from the early 20th century, and a wonderful powerful expression, note the faint remains of pigment that can be seen in the images.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1260197
Collected by Thomas Schultz-Westrum in 1966, this huge bowl dates from the early 20th century or before. Fine spirit face carved on one end. 32 1/4" long with an aged black patina. Schultz-Westrum's collecting is very well detailed in the book " Collecting New Guinea Art: Douglas Newton, Harry Beran, Thomas Schultz-Westrum" by Michael Hamson. Most of the Westrum collection was purchased by John Friede in the 1980's.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1256531
Collected by Thomas Schultz Westrum in 1966 number G1013, ex. John Friede. 25 5/8" tall by 5 1/2" wide. Ancient eroded surface and losses still show good detail, could also be a large " mother " bullroarer. Remains of red pigment, old label and writing on back, encrusted patina. Losses to side. Most likely a pre-contact piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1256529
This is a fine and very old bull roarer collected by Thomas Shultz Westrum in Buri Village ( Gope Ethnic District ) on April 4th, 1966. Number " 343, 4.4.66, g1163, p46". 13 3/4" tall, fine patina and surface, excellent deep carving, late 19th early 20th century. Old labels and writing on back.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #1209247
First quarter of the 20th century with nice dark encrusted patina, and minor wear. Unusual in that the crocodiles on the ends of the bowl have small animal figures ( probably cus cus possum ) on their noses. 21 1/2" long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #1207224
Fine and rare Teptep area wood drum, excellent example great patina and wear on the handle from long term use. Early 20th century. About 14 1/2" tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1920 item #1207223
Carved from one piece of dense hard wood, this is a beautiful and very old piece with a fine patina and wear that shows decades of use. Note the native repair on the side where the vessel cracked, I suspect this is why it was given up. About 17" long, dates to the late 19th century or even earlier.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1205254
This is a rare bird! I believe it is a figural stopper, and dates to the early 20th century, or possibly earlier. These stoppers were used in the top of ceremonial turmeric and lime containers. This one depicts a frigate bird ( it can also be interpreted as a man with the typical munge dukna ceremonial head dress ). I have never seen one of these that is this detailed in terms of the pattern on the back of the frigate bird's head...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1205249
Once in a while and object comes along that stumps me completely. This is one of those. I am pretty sure that it is upper Sepik river, that is is mid-2oth century ( say about 1950 or so ), about 7 1/8" long with a nice brown patina and some wear. Now what was it for? It was sold to me as a canoe paddle terminal, which it could be, but it is rather delicate, and the " base " has the same patina as the rest of the piece. I suspect it was used as a charm or amulet or decoration of some kind...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1202268
In the form of a royal gong, this pendant would have been displayed at funerals. This piece is beautifully and finely carved with a nice worn patina indicating decades of use. See African Art Western Eyes by Susan Vogel 1997 pg 194 for reference. The surfaces are curved and concave or convex, a very difficult technique. 5 3/4" by 2 1/2". From Taylor A. Dale and an old Belgian collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1189032
This is a very fine example of kodogu. Beautifully and finely rendered sweet fish swimming in a stream. Shibuichi or possibly copper with gold highlights. Near mint condition. There is a 3 kanji inscription on the back that seems to refer to evening calm. It is signed Seizui possibly for Hamano Seizui 1695 to 1769, the period and the school look correct to me. Any further information would be welcome. 17.5 x 1.1 x .3 cm. Much nicer than the pictures with excellent detail.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Blankets : Pre 1920 item #1158606
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This fine Hopi Manta is nicer than my poor pictures show. It is made from natural brown homespun wool, much of which is over dyed with indigo. There is some commercial yarn used in the tassels and over weave parts as well. In near mint condition, there is slight wear at the corners and a couple of areas that look to be dirty. It was literally caked with dirt when I got it, I had to wash it to make sure it would not rot! fine diamond patterns in the top and bottom...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1910 item #1152769
Purchased from Greg Hamson ( Michael Hamson's brother - Michael has been a dealer in oceanic art for almost 25 years mostly from New Guinea ). This is a fine example of an ancient bowl form the Lumi area Torricelli mountains in West Sepik province. it dates from the 19th century and has a great patina. longest dimension 12".
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1091186
Very fine carving and typical of this artists work see image 5 from the international Netsuke Journal with photo of the work of Jugyoku Ryukosai. He worked in the mid-1800's, this netsuke has been verified as authentic verbally by 2 well known netsuke dealers ( I will reveal these to the buyer ). Boxwood, about 1 5/8" long by 1 1/8" tall, excellent condition, some wear to high points and himotoshi. Old label on bottom " 526" ex. Bushell collection...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #841388
I purchased this from Wyndham Street Ltd. a local Asian and English antique store here in Omaha a few years ago, paid $250. The trunk is in good shape and about 21" long by about 10" by 10". Dimensions are approximate, has hand made iron latch and hinges. The age was determined by the shop, not me.