headrest PA22
HEADREST
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
brag Mask PA53
SPIRIT MASK, brag
PA53
Culture, Origin: Murik Lagoon, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Material: wood, clam shell, nassa shell
Dimensions: 41.5cm
Literature/Notes: This war spirit or spirit man mask is ornamented with shell around the eyes and has ear ornaments. The forehead has a recumbent bird (parrot) totem in high relief. The chin is incised with curvilinear 'spider' motifs above a serrated beard, the upper perimeter has rattan fringe. Traditionally worn by masked performers at initiation ceremonies or attached to woven rattan screens and displayed. Cf. John A. Friede et al. (ed.), New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, San Francisco, 2005, pp. 71 (vol. 1), 39 and 90 (vol. 2), cat. 45
Price: RESERVED
kundu
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: £650
dance wand
DANCE WAND
Culture, Origin: San Cristobal (Makira) or Malaita, South-east Solomon Islands.
Material: wood.
Dimensions: 90cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature/Notes: Cf. Deborah Waite, Art of the Solomon Islands from the Barbier-Muller Museum, 1983, plate 27, p.84-85, 135. Also compare with a dance wand collected by Julius Brenchley in 1865, published in Melanesia: Art & Encounter, Michael. W Scott, chapter 42, Dance clubs of south-east Somolon Islands, p. 245, fig. 1a.
Price: POA
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
comb
Culture, Origin: SE Solomon Islands
Material: wood, shell, resin
Dimensions: 23cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Literature: Anna Edmundson & Chris Boylan, Adorned, 1999, p.68, pl/55 for two near identical combs dated to 1901-1906 in the Macleay Museum, Sydney.
Price: £800
nose orn
NOSE ORNAMENT
Culture, Origin: Melanesia, probably Papua New Guinea
Material: bone
Dimensions: 3 x 1.6 x 1.8cm
Provenance: Private Collection, UK
Price: £250
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.
Price: £950
dagger
DAGGER
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
LIME CONTAINER
Culture, Origin: Massim, East Papua New Guinea
Material: gourd, orchid root, wood
Dimensions: 6cm D.
Provenance: Private Collection, UK.
Price: £95
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
paddle
PADDLE
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: £550

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