tami bowl PA55
Culture, Origin: Tami Island, Huon Gulf, Morobe Povince, Papua New Guinea.
Material: wood, lime
Dimensions: 88.5 x 37cm
Provenance: Carlisle, UK
Literature/Notes: Pointed oval food bowls of all sizes are traded from Tami to the coastal areas to the west and north and are part of the Vitiaz Strait Trade System, which includes communities in the Markham Valley, New Britain, Siassi Island, Umboi Island, undertaking long canoe trips with a variety of trade goods, from obsidian and red ochre to pigs and clay pots. Many bowls can be found in the market at around 45-55cm long, whilst this is the largest type used in communal feasts at 88.5cm (almost 35in.) long. Decorated with incised and raised motifs of snakes and fish, highlighted with lime.
Price: POA
headrest PA22
Culture, Origin: Arapesh, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Material: wood
Dimensions: 50cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature/Notes: Sculpture from the northwestern coast of Papua New Guinea, north of the Torricelli Mountains and around Sissano Lagoon are conceived with angular or pointed features as in this rare headrest with carved human head terminals. In common with other headrests from the coastal and middle Sepik region, this would have been supported on bowed bamboo legs. Most unusual is the dramatic V-shaped neck bracket on this headrest. The underside is carved with motifs and is serrated like a crocodile's back, and is applied with red ochre to further enhance its appearance.
Price: POA
ear ornament
Culture, Origin: Ndende, Santa Cruz
Material: tortoiseshell, glass
Dimensions: 9.5 x 3.5cm
Provenance: Private Collection
Notes/Literature: Pairs of ear ornaments were worn by both men and women, and smaller versions by boys and girls. Some are carved with leaping stylised dolphins, others like this would have suspended bunches of tortoiseshell rings. Cf. Gerd Koch, Materielle Kultur Der Santa Cruz-Inseln, 1971, p. 124, ill. 104a.
Price: £650
DRUM, kundu
Culture, Origin: Lower Sepik, Papua New Guinea.
Material: wood, goanna skin.
Dimensions: 96 x 17 x 18cm
Provenance: Count Werner D. Schack (1922-2004), Schackenborg Castle, Denmark.
Notes/Literature: Hour glass shaped drums are found in various forms throughout New Guinea, and particularly in the Sepik. This particular drum is unusual with regard to the pair of conical ornaments (breasts?) in the waist, between the loop handle and the openwork flange. The flaring ends are incised with curvilinear motifs characteristic of Lower Sepik decoration in general. Cf. Heinz Kelm, Kunst Vom Sepik III, 1968, figs 281-351 for numerous examples of palm spathe paintings with similar decoration
Price: £450
comb PA3
Culture, Origin: Southest Solomon Islands
Material: wood, shell, resin
Dimensions: 23cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature: Combs are an important aspect of headdress across the world. As sculpture, they are signifiers of ethnicity, class, battle prowess, marriage status, and other social and religious cues. Great care is taken in their creation. Cf. Anna Edmundson & Chris Boylan, Adorned, 1999, p.68, pl. 55 for two near identical combs dated 1901-1906 in the Macleay Museum, Sydney.
Price: £650
shell disc
Culture, Origin: San Cristobal, Solomon Islands
Material: shell
Dimensions: 6.5cm
Provenance: William Kearney, Dublin. Inscribed and dated 'San Cristoval 1850'
Literature: Deborah Waite & Kevin Conru, Solomon Islands Art, p. 107, ill. 56 for later example from Malaita. This one is engraved with frigate bird and fish totems which are common motifs found in San Cristobal material culture.
Price: £650
ula large
THROWING CLUB, I ula tavatava
Culture, Origin: Fiji, Melanesia
Material: wood
Dimensions: 46 x 11.5 x 11.5cm
Provenance/Notes: Private Collection, UK. Early 19th Century.
Price: POA
ula small
THROWING CLUB, i ula tavatava
Culture, Origin: Fiji, Melanesia
Material: wood
Dimensions: 39.5 x 7 x 7cm
Provenance/Notes: Private Collection, old label inscribed, 'Club Fiji'. Early 19th Century. Of slender proportions, this rare ula would probably have been used for hunting birds rather than in combat.
Culture, Origin: Abelam, Maprik region, Prince Alexander Mts, Papua New Guinea
Material: cassowary bone
Dimensions: 33cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature/Notes: Anthony JP Meyer, Oceanic Art, p. 288, fig. 318 for a similar dagger.
Price: £750
lime container
Culture, Origin: Massim, East Papua New Guinea
Material: gourd, orchid root, wood
Dimensions: 6cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK.
Price: £95
Culture, Origin: Tanahmerah Bay, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia.
Material: wood
Dimensions: 197.5cm
Literature/Notes: Paddles from Tanahmerah Bay resemble those from Lake Sentani located to the southeast, but the decoration is more asymmetric and stylised.
Price: £250

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