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Tribal, Jewelry, Art, Coins, and Asian

Sat, Sep 16, 2023 01:00PM EDT
Lot 227

Estate Collection of Oceanic Objects

Estimate: $300 - $500

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Large grouping of items from a world traveler's tours of the South Pacific. From Polynesia: a wood tapa beater (used to flatten fibers of tapa bark). From New Guinea: two wood carved food suspension hooks (one an Iatmul samban or tshambwan figure from the Sepik river region), a ceremonial Lime Spatula (from Massim region, Louisiade Archipelago), wood carved crocodile and dolphin "spirit-beings", a round stone mace (known as a "kukuku"), two wood carved tobacco mortars and one pestil (from the Huon gulf region), a Sepik river carver's mallet or club and a small Sepik river pot featuring two anthropomorphized images of what appear to be a boar and a bird respectively. This piece is in fair condition. The biggest detriment to its overall state is that both tusks of the boar are broken (with one entirely snapped off and only a portion remaining of the other). From parts unknown: a hollowed coconut with hole bored into it and a painted wooden wand. All items exhibit wear consistent with their age but are in fine condition otherwise (except where previously noted). Largest shipping item is the Iatmul hook, measuring approximately 17" high, 8 1/2" wide and 2" deep. From the collection of a world traveler of 45+ years who has circumnavigated the globe via sailboat. Keywords: Polynesian, Papua New Guinea, tourist, tool, antique, tribal