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Auction Description for Theodore Bruce: Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art

Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art (331 Lots)

by Theodore Bruce


331 lots | 329 with images

December 11, 2016

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Sydney, Australia

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Two Bentwood Arm Bands,

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Description: Two Bentwood Arm Bands, of horseshoe shape, formed by resin covering, wrapped by bush string. Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory. 16 cm, 15 cm PROVENANCE: Purchased at Lawsons 11/11/96 Lot 314

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A Child''s Spear Thrower,

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Description: A Child''s Spear Thrower, shell handle missing. North-east Queensland. 51 cm PROVENANCE: Purchased at Deustcher & Hackett 25/04/98 Lot 264

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A 19th Century Photograph of a Group of Western Australian Aboriginals,

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Description: A 19th Century Photograph of a Group of Western Australian Aboriginals, photographer, date and location unknown 19.5 x 14 cm

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A Collection of Aboriginal Boomerangs,

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Description: A Collection of Aboriginal Boomerangs, two decorated with blue paint. Central Australia. Longest 56 cm

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Aboriginal Log Coffin Lorrkon,

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Description: Aboriginal Log Coffin Lorrkon, with painted ochre designs around main trunk and four extrusions to top. Used to store the bones of the deceased. Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. 132 cm

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Early Aboriginal Shield,

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Description: Early Aboriginal Shield, old and weathered with fire making marks to front. Wear and damage conducive with age. Portion of the shield has been repaired traces of glue visible. A/F. Central Australia. 69 x 17 cm

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An Early Aboriginal Wunda Shield,

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Description: An Early Aboriginal Wunda Shield, with faded ochre design. Some chips and wear conducive to age. 19th or early 20th century. A/F Western Australia. 60 x 11 cm

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A Painted Aboriginal Coolomon,

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Description: A Painted Aboriginal Coolomon, with profuse vibrant design to base and interior. Central Australia. 67 x 19.5 cm

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A Reworked Aboriginal Shield,

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Description: A Reworked Aboriginal Shield, an interesting older shield that appears to havebeen subsequently decorated by the hot wire technique in a leaf pattern. South Eastern Australia. 81 x 13 cm

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No. 7 Boomerang,

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Description: No. 7 Boomerang, a fine and early example of the classic No. 7 or hooked boomerang. A/F. Northern Territory. 67 x 32 cm

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Aboriginal Bark Painting,

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Description: Aboriginal Bark Painting, of three fish on a black background. Groote Eyland, Northern Territory. 23 x 33 cm

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A Set of Arrows from New Guinea,

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Description: A Set of Arrows from New Guinea, 21 assorted arrows with bamboo shafts and fitted heads. Various regions, PNG. 90 - 120 cm

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A Set of Arrows from New Guinea,

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Description: A Set of Arrows from New Guinea, 21 assorted arrows with bamboo shafts and fitted heads. Various regions, PNG. 90 - 120 cm

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A Set of Arrows from New Guinea,

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Description: A Set of Arrows from New Guinea, 18 assorted arrows with bamboo shafts and fitted heads. Various regions, PNG. 90 - 120 cm

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Two Lower Sepik Ancestral Figures (2),

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Description: Two Lower Sepik Ancestral Figures (2), two figures in squatting form with clasped hands. Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik River region, PNG. 29 cm, 30 cm

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Three Betul Nut Mortars (3),

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Description: Three Betul Nut Mortars (3), two in classic goblet form, one in the shape of a bird. Wood with incised traditional designs. Murik Lakes region, Lower Sepik River, PNG.

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Three Betul Nut Mortars (3),

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Description: Three Betul Nut Mortars (3), two in double handle format; one in classic goblet form. Profusely carved with incised traditional designs and stylised ancestral figures. Murik Lakes region, Lower Sepik River, PNG.

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An Abelam Hornbill Figure,

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Description: An Abelam Hornbill Figure, a finely crafted hornbill figure decorated with polychrome natural earth pigments. Crack to face, A/F. Maprik region, East Sepik Province, PNG. 78 x 43 cm

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A Collection of Early Massim Artefacts (4),

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Description: A Collection of Early Massim Artefacts (4), including a bowl, a lime pot, a club and a small paint dish in the form of a turtle. Trobriand Islands, PNG. 13 cm - 31 cm

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Two Abelam Ancestral Figures (2),

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Description: Two Abelam Ancestral Figures (2), one with head surmounted by two birds, damage to left side. A/F. East Sepik Province, PNG. 73 cm, 74 cm

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An Abelam Ancestral Figure,

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Description: An Abelam Ancestral Figure, male with traditional bilas and stylised headdress decorated with natural earth pigments. A/F. East Sepik Province, PNG. 98 cm

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An Abelam Ancestral Figure,

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Description: An Abelam Ancestral Figure, in female form with long hanging breasts decorated with traditional bilas and stylised headdress. Decorated with natural earth pigments. A/F. East Sepik Province, PNG. 105 cm

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Three Sago Pegs (3),

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Description: Three Sago Pegs (3), used in the production of sago to hold the fabric straining cloth in place. Human faces surmounted by hornbill birds. A/F. East Sepik Province, PNG. 53 cm - 66 cm

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A Breadfruit Splitter,

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Description: A Breadfruit Splitter, bone head fitted to wooden handle with fine sennit binding. Mortlock Islands, PNG. 47 cm

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Three Massive Sago Stirring Implements (3),

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Description: Three Massive Sago Stirring Implements (3), made from blackpalm with carved finials. Maprik Region, East Sepik Province, PNG. 241 - 257 cm

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A Monumental Gable Mask,

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Description: A Monumental Gable Mask, with swirling incised design decorated with natural earth pigments. Sangriwa village, Blackwater River, Sepik Region, PNG. 162 cm

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A Framed Set of New Guinea Artefacts,

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Description: A Framed Set of New Guinea Artefacts, including two cassowary bone daggers, a woven feather headdress and a kina shell necklace. Sepik River region, PNG.

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Geelvink Bay Canoe Prow,

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Description: Geelvink Bay Canoe Prow, in the form of a figure surmounted by a frigate bird. Worn and with minor faults from use. West Papua. 48 cm

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Kwoma Figure and Blackwater River Mask (2),

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Description: Kwoma Figure and Blackwater River Mask (2), the figure being janus faced with two figurative hornbills on head. Made of light wood with minor marks from age. Poly chrome. The mask of woven cane construction with an elongated nose and traces of nature earth pigment. Sepik River and Blackwater River, PNG. 56 cm, 63 cm

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Murik Lakes Canoe Prow,

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Description: Murik Lakes Canoe Prow, incised design with traces of red paint, marking as per image. Lower Sepik River region, PNG. 36 cm

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Large Buka Basket,

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Description: Large Buka Basket, finely woven cane with handle. Minor damage to rim. Bougainville Provine, PNG. L. 83 cm

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Wosera Yam Mask,

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Description: Wosera Yam Mask, woven cane decorated with natural ochres. East Sepik Province, PNG. H. 35 cm

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A Pig Killing Apron and Four

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Description: A Pig Killing Apron and Four "Purses" for important Kina Shells (4), the purses made from bark and woven fibre, one decorated with red ochre; the apron of woven fibre and applied ochre with 12 hanging tassels. Highlands Region, PNG. 12 cm - 23 cm, 54 cm

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Malagan Mask, ex. Sir Russell Drysdale Estate,

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Description: Malagan Mask, ex. Sir Russell Drysdale Estate, in light wood extensively carved with two side panels and fibre hair, shell eyes. Side pieces have had dowelling inserts attached. A/F. New Ireland, PNG. H. 78 cm PROVENANCE: ex. Sir Russell Drysdale collection, purchased from the estate of Maisie Drysdale at John Williams Auctions, Sydney, 30th June, 2002. Original letter from John Williams enclosed.

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Wosera Bapa Mask,

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Description: Wosera Bapa Mask, finely woven cane mask decorated with natural ochres. Worn during the initiation ceremony for young men. East Sepik Province, PNG. H. 42 cm

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Smoking Pipe,

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Description: Smoking Pipe, in the form of an ant eater with elongated snout and decorated with natural ochres. Patina on handle from use. Highlands Region, PNG. 35 cm

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Three New Guinea Pottery Vessels (3),

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Description: Three New Guinea Pottery Vessels (3), a Koiwat bowl with incised design to base, visible repair, Sawos people, Sepik Plains; a Wosera bowl with incised design, Abelam region; and a Markham Valley bowl with incised design and two ancestral figures on rim, crack filled with acrylic glue. Marked " Watuang 1969 -1 - 29". PNG. 24 cm; 20 cm and 26 cm

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Feather Headress,

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Description: Feather Headress, with cane interior framework and long flowing cassowary feathers. PNG. 39 cm

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A Collection of Books on Oceanic and Asian Art,

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Description: A Collection of Books on Oceanic and Asian Art,

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A Malangan Figure,

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Description: A Malangan Figure, profusely carved and decorated with polychrome designs, inset shell eyes and some remnant hair inserts. Base in the form of a lug for display during Malangan. New Ireland, PNG. 85 cm PROVENANCE: Stanley & Co. Auctioneers, Sydney, August 18, 2003, Lot 225 Robert Ypres, Art of Man Gallery, Paddington, 1989. Acquired from an expat Australian in the mid-1960''s. Comes with a certificate issued by New Guinea Arts.

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A Massim Wave Splitter,

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Description: A Massim Wave Splitter, incised and painted design. Damage to top. A/F. Trobriand Islands, PNG. 55 cm PROVENANCE: New Guinea Arts, Sydney.

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A Ramu River Flute Mask,

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Description: A Ramu River Flute Mask, with incised design including a human face, lugs at top and bottom for binding to flute. Mounted on steel stand. Sepik Region, PNG. 52 cm

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An Ancestral Bird Figure,

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Description: An Ancestral Bird Figure, carved wood decorated with polychrome natural earth pigment design. On wooden base. Yamok village, Sepik River, East Sepik Province, PNG. H. 63 cm

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A Wooden Bowl,

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Description: A Wooden Bowl, tapering at both ends to carved terminals. Some chipping. A/F. Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik River region, East Sepik Province, PNG. L. 89 cm

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A Sago Stirring Implement and a Garamat Drum Beater,

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Description: A Sago Stirring Implement and a Garamat Drum Beater, both in hardwood with finely incised designs. Sepik River region, East Sepik Province, PNG. 47 x 53 cm

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A Abelam Clam Shell Bride Price and a Pair of Boar''s Tusks (2),

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Description: A Abelam Clam Shell Bride Price and a Pair of Boar''s Tusks (2), bride price of ground clam shell with traditional marking; boar''s tusk bound with fibre binding. East Sepik Province, PNG. D. 10 cm

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Timbuwara Figure,

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Description: Timbuwara Figure, woven fibre and natural earth pigments. Highlands region, PNG. 66 x 150 cm

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Timbuwarra Figure,

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Description: Timbuwarra Figure, woven fibre and natural earth pigments. Highlands region, PNG. 41 x 141 cm

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A Lumi War Shield,

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Description: A Lumi War Shield, with two fine anthropomorphic incised designs to face. Torricelli Mountains, Sandaun Province, PNG. 122 cm

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A War Shield,

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Description: A War Shield, of oval form with a striking design in red, black and white. Southern Highlands Province, PNG. 44 x 125 cm

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