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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


$750.00...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.


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.

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