Nest Egg Auctions
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Tribal, Jewelry, Art, Coins, and Asian

Sat, Sep 16, 2023 01:00PM EDT
Lot 187

Tolai Spirit Figures

Estimate: $100 - $200

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
Chalk figures used by the Iniet secret society in magical ceremony and then buried. These statues measure approximately 11" x 6" x 4" and 12" x 7 1/2" x 2" respectively and like most unearthed examples are marred by missing bits of chalk and general wear throughout. These particular examples both have broken left arms (which are included in the grouping). From the collection of a world traveler of 45+ years who has circumnavigated the globe via sailboat. Heavy shipping items. Please inquire regarding shipping rates prior to bidding. Keywords: Papua New Guinea, New Ireland, tribal, ceremonial, carving, sculpture, New Britain, South Pacific, Solomon Islands