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Rare Santa Cruz, Solomon Isl. bird figure, tribal art

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Rare Santa Cruz, Solomon Isl. bird figure, tribal art

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. Munge Dukna figures are very rare and command prices in the many thousands of dollars -- I sold a small 3" stopper figure last year for $7500 to a dealer. This piece being more crude and a bird is much less. About 9 1/4" long there was a bad restoration ( plastic wood and marker ) restoration near the bottom -- where the bird's feet would be, which I have removed ), fine lightly encrusted dark brown patina, minor wear. Comes with base -- drilled in. Ex. collection Edward Glauder Satan Barbara, CA.

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