Fine African and Oceanic Art

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Datum der Auktion: 13.11.2007

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A Massim canoe splash-board

Papua New Guinea, of typical form, the flat surface deeply incised with curvilinear patterns depicting a small human figure, frigate birds, and other mythical motifs. Richly pigmented in red and white. height 24in

Los #: 2000

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Massim kneeling figure

Trobriand Islands, Massim Region, Papua New Guinea, delicately carved, depicting a kneeling female figure with large dangling earlobes and fine sensitively rendered face, atop an integral base incised with typical curvilinear Massim patterns, with remains of white in-filling. Overall, fine patina to

Los #: 2001

Schätzpreis: 7.000 $ - 9.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Massim lime spatula

Papua New Guinea, a so-called “wealth spatula” delicately carved in impressively thin tortoise shell with beaded shell decorations across the top and fine extremely elaborate curvilinear Massim design elements to either side of the upper portion; remains of white in-filling. height 10in

Los #: 2002

Schätzpreis: 4.500 $ - 5.500 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf decorated bark belt

Papua New Guinea, deeply incised, depicting complex images of three spirit faces. Overall exceptional patina. diameter 8 1/2in

Los #: 2003

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf bullroarer

Papua New Guinea, of classical form, the upper third deeply incised, with a face with barred teeth, and curving lines above an incised star-like form. The top pierced for attachment. height 23 1/2in

Los #: 2004

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf figure

Papua New Guinea, an attenuated figure with characteristic Gulf features, the design elements of the body created by deep and rugged incising with pigmented in-fill. Arms indicated by negative space. height 23in

Los #: 2005

Schätzpreis: 9.000 $ - 12.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Abelam figure

Papua New Guinea, of powerful curved form, the large rounded head atop the bulging belly, the limbs in 'elbow to knee' posture. Fine surface with extensive original pigmentation. height 31in

Los #: 2006

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Papuan Gulf figure

Papua New Guinea, a Bioma figure of classical form, boldly carved from a thick piece of wood, with typical surface decorations and remains of pigmentation in brown, white, and black. Probably from the Era River area. height 23 3/4in

Los #: 2007

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf spirit board

Papua New Guinea, of shortened lozenge form, both ends pointed, decorated with raised curvilinear patterns, the face typical for the region. Remains of pigment. Probably of the Era river area. height 25 3/4in

Los #: 2008

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf spirit board

Papua New Guinea, of typical form, the large board with a prominent face and classical curvilinear patterns throughout. Faded surface with remains of red pigment. Most likely from the Wapo Creek area. height 59 1/2in

Los #: 2009

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Papuan Gulf spirit board

Papua New Guinea, of fine classical form, the large board with a figure boldly rendered in deep relief, semi-circular designs above and below the figure, the top pierced for suspension. height 61 3/4in

Los #: 2010

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf spirit board

Papua New Guinea, of classical form with abstracted curvilinear design elements, a small face surrounded by a sunburst-like pattern. Remains of red and white pigment. Probably Era River area. height 53 1/4in

Los #: 2011

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 4.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Papuan Gulf spirit board

Papua New Guinea, of elongated form, with typical face and curvilinear raised designs to the surface. Remains of red, white, and black pigment. Fine variegated surface. height 51 1/4in

Los #: 2012

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A large Papuan Gulf initiation figure

Papua New Guinea, the large flat figure, deeply incised in classical Turama River style, arms akimbo, the face, chest, hands, and belt clearly delineated in deep relief carving. Extensively pigmented. height 40 1/2in

Los #: 2013

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A rare Torres Straits Islands dance wand

Australia/Papua New Guinea, the upper portion of open-work form, the thinly carved terminal creating a face out of negative space. Attached feather danglers. The handle gently curved. height 48in

Los #: 2014

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Mimika (Komoro) figure

Irian Jaya, of classical form, the fine open-work figure, executed in typical highly geometric style and decorated with classical motifs as well as joint marks. Fine dry dusky patina with some remains of pigmentation. height 35in

Los #: 2015

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Sepik River figure

Papua New Guinea, the figure standing on a small base that may have served as a suspension hook, with powerful brow above arrow-shaped nose and smiling mouth, with indications of a beard. Fine dark patina. height 16in

Los #: 2016

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 9.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Middle Sepik River decorated trumpet

Papua New Guinea, probably lautmul, the conical trumpet terminating in a classical and beautifully rendered crocodile head, a small bird beak-like device above the blow hole. Fine overall patina and remains of pigmentation. length 22in

Los #: 2017

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A large Middle Sepik architectural fragment

Papua New Guinea, a powerfully carved Middle Sepik monumental head, probably once the terminal for a house post or cross-beam. Fine aged surface. height 39in

Los #: 2018

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A large and impressive Middle Sepik figure, possibly Iatmul

Papua New Guinea, of powerful form, executed in an extremely heavy dense grey wood, possibly once part of an architectural element from a man’s house. The body covered with typical curvilinear Middle Sepik motifs, the powerful, yet delicate face, typically rendered with deep carvings in the eyes

Los #: 2019

Schätzpreis: 17.000 $ - 19.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A New Guinea suspension hook

Papua New Guinea, of elongated form, a sensitively carved head with classical Middle Sepik features, atop a stylized neck terminating in a double-pronged hook. Fine patina from handling. height 23 1/2in

Los #: 2020

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A Karawari cave fragment

Papua New Guinea, the ancient and desiccated lower body of a once larger figure (head now deficient) with fine open-work serrated swirling motifs. Exceptional archaic patina, certainly centuries old. height 43 1/2in

Los #: 2021

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Vanuatu figure, Ambrym Island

Vanuatu, the figure, of classical Ambrym Island form, executed in medium dense wood. Fine desiccated patina, an extremely aged surface from exposure to the elements. height 37 1/2in

Los #: 2022

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A large Abelam standing figure

Papua New Guinea, of highly attenuated form, the figure with strong rounded face and prominent brow, a bird perched atop one shoulder, the arms to the sides, and long legs to the rounded base that echoes the form of the high crest above the forehead. Remains of red pigment. height 82in

Los #: 2023

Schätzpreis: 9.000 $ - 12.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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An exceptional Abelam drum

Papua New Guinea, splendidly carved with classical Abelam design elements in deep relief completely covering the surface. Above the well patinated handle, a fine abstracted Abelam face, and below, a superb inverted face in highly naturalistic style for the canon, extensive remains of natural

Los #: 2024

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A large Arapesh figure

Papua New Guinea, of unusually large form, the attenuated figure carved with arching limbs; the face delicately rendered with long arrow-shaped nose. Fine patina with remains of original mineral pigmentation. height 41in

Los #: 2025

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Sepik River carving

Papua New Guinea, of powerful aggressive form, the standing male figure with arms akimbo, legs spread, and characteristic face with bulging forehead over a wide pierced nose. Excellent variegated patina with some surface erosion. height 10 1/4in

Los #: 2026

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A New Guinea limestick

Papua New Guinea, carved in the form of a kneeling figure with human and avian characteristics. The elongated beak gently curving over the front of the figure. Remains of pigmentation. height 14 1/2in

Los #: 2027

Schätzpreis: 0 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Yuat River figure

Papua New Guinea, the powerful squatting figure, with bent knees, and hands to chin, shell inlayed eyes, and aggressive mouth with barred teeth. Carved in a dense reddish hard wood, with traces of original pigmentation. height 19in

Los #: 2028

Schätzpreis: 9.000 $ - 12.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007

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A fine Ramu River facemask

Papua New Guinea, covered in original red pigment and finely patinated, the heavily arching brow and finely rendered nose, creating an exceptional symmetry. height 20in

Los #: 2029

Schätzpreis: 7.000 $ - 9.000 $

Datum: 13.11.2007