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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #1306315 (stock #DD01)
michael cichon tribal arts
$950.00
Further provenance available on request
The slender, fluidly carved figure of a deceased male showing typical emphasis on the head and upper limbs. Such gracefully carved ironwood, or other tropical hardwood, ritual sculptures were created for the inauguration of a new men's house. They were often given the name of a recently departed relative, at which time they were believed to become animated with the essence of the deceased. From the central region of the Asmat world, Irian Jaya (Western New Guinea)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1300749 (stock #A92212)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,100.00
Further provenance available
Known as a 'bapa' mask, this large, woven fiber helmet was worn by members of a secret society prior to male initiation ceremonies taking place. Its role was to frighten the women and children away from the area. Bapa masks were also supposed to allow the participating initiates to do their very best. These rattan creations are marvels of fiber weaving, blending basket-like forms and three-dimensional, openwork elements into surreal abstractions to fit over the head of the wearer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1950 item #1299020 (stock #T20282)
michael cichon tribal arts
$1,250.00
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Showing saurian-type features, the light weight wooden carving has a simulated chain-link opening on one end. Patina is well-worn, bleached and varied, yet was obviously cared for, attesting to its actual use. Early-mid 20th century. Of Melanesian origin, this is a larger example measuring 17 1/8"L x 3.25" W. Very fine condition. Provenance: Marc Lissauer, 1970's.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Oceanic : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1117580 (stock #N245221)
michael cichon tribal arts
$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.