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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #1129073 (stock #Misc162)
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According to the estate, this spoon was brought back from the Philippine Islands. It was reserved for use by a person of tribal importance, referred to as a "prestige spoon"...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #996250 (stock #Oc110)
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This Soloman island scale model canoe is ornately decorated mother of pearl inlay. It is complete with fixed seats, 7 paddles and rides on the back of a dolphin. Carved from hardwood, presumed to be teak, it was brought back to the US with an American GI, serving in the Pacific islands during WWII. The canoe spans 29 inches and in beautiful condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #984992 (stock #Oc111)
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The Manus Island is one of the Admiralty Islands. This traditional hair comb which the islanders would make from the mid ribs of coconut palm fronds...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1940 item #984694 (stock #Oc109)
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This ornate pectorial is from the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and would have been worn by a man during ceremonial occasions. It is made from plant fiber, which was pigment dyed and studded with nassa shells. The piece is accented on either side by a large white cowrie shell.

This wonderful ethnographic artifact was obtained from the estate of an anthropology professor in St. Louis. Having been stored away for many years, the color of the pigment dyes are still relatively strong...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #955513 (stock #Oc108)
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This pair of bookends was carved by the Igorots on the northern part of the Island of Luzon in the Philippines sometime in the 1950's. Each bookend depicts a tribesman cautiously peering over his shield at the tribesman on the other side. From the position and shape of the right arm and hands, it is likely that each native was originally holding a spear...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #902544 (stock #Oc107)
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This shell necklace is an ornament from one of the indigenous tribal groups from West Papua New Guinea. Shells were often used as both adornment and currency with these groups. The string/rope is handmade from a plant fiber. As with many items from the tribal groups of New Guinea, it is difficult to put an age on this piece. It is an interesting ethnographic artifact and can be used for display and can also be worn as a necklace. The diameter of the opening is just over 8 inches...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #883688 (stock #ZOc107)
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This antique shield is an artifact from the Dutch War with the Atjeh (now Aceh). In short, the Dutch colonial government considered Indonesia "theirs". The indigenous people, the Atjeh, on the Northern part of Sumatra, disagreed. The war began in 1883 and extended into 1904 when "peace" was declared.

This large war shield, made and carried by an Atjeh warrior, has a double layer of woven Rattan with circles of 6 pointed metal stars and brass pins...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1950 item #837584 (stock #ZOc106)
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This Male Hindu temple figure comes from one of the Indonesian Islands. He is hand carved from a tree trunk and colorfully painted...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1900 item #822901 (stock #Oc105)
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This ethnographic artifact is a seated ancestor female figure carved from goat's horn. It is from one of the Indonesian Islands by one of the indigenous Dayak tribes...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : Eskimo : Pre 1960 item #743346 (stock #Misc110)
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All hand-sewn Eskimo doll probably made sometime during the 60's. She is dressed in nicely detailed fur parka with fox trimmed hood and has hand-painted facial features on leather face with fur hair She is 11 inches high and in good condition ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #731442 (stock #ZOc104)
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There are few roads in New Guinea, with the rivers being used as transportation arteries. The various indigenous groups living along the Sepik River of New Guinea make canoes made from hollowed logs and the prows were often carved in the form of crocodiles. Many of the tribes or villages can be recognized by the style of the croc prow of the canoe. This croc head is the remains of an old canoe prow from the mid region of the Sepik river...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Pre 1920 item #729559 (stock #Oc103)
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This traditional Dayak medicine container is made in 2 pieces. The upright piece is carved from wood representing ancestor spirits at the prow of a boat. The horizontal piece is a carved animal horn, presumably goat. The original wooden hinge pin has been replaced with a new piece of wood as the old one was broken and unusable. Dayak is the general name used for the various indigenous tribal groups living in Borneo, which is now called Kalimantan....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #714061 (stock #Oc101)
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This is an accurate model of an outrigger canoe from the Ellice Islands, now the island nation of Tuvalva. The v-shaped hull is made of an upper and lower sections,sewn together with string of plant fiber and forming a notched prow which provides stability in ocean waves. There is fishing platform, complete with net, fishing fly and weight, a bailer, 2 paddles and 2 masts. Only the sails are missing.

Overall length of model canoe is 25". In several of the pictures, I have included a qua...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1920 item #698092 (stock #Oc100)
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Very rare, this oceanic artifact was brought back by from New Guinea by a pilot sometime in the 1950's. The dog teeth and boar tusks are held together by hand twisted stings woven and interlaced tightly around the widest ends. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #597229 (stock #OC102)
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This traditional antique basket purse was made and used by the men of the tiny island of Balika,Indonesia. The patina shows both the age and the wear pattern. This is one of a pair of "old purses" which were brought back to the US by an Anthropology intern who spent a summer studying and documenting the lives of the islanders in 1980. The condition is very good and the piece measures 16" high by 12" wide and 4"...