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Auction Description for Webb's: Oceanic and African Arts
Auction Description:
Oceanic and African Arts
Viewing Notes:
22nd - 23rd March 9am to 5.30pm. 24th - 25th March 11am to 3pm. 26th March 9am to 5.30pm. 27th March 9am to 5.30pm. 28 March 9am to 12 noon.
Sale Notes:
www.invaluable.com/webbs

Oceanic and African Arts

by Webb's


331 lots | 330 with images

March 28, 2012

Live Auction

18 Manukau Road

Newmarket

Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 524 6804

Fax: +64 9 524 7048

Email: auctions@webbs.co.nz

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FINE SHARK TOOTH SPEAR

Lot 1: FINE SHARK TOOTH SPEAR

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Description: A rare and large shark toothed thrusting spear made of old seasoned coconut wood with shark's teeth lashed onto the tapering blade and coconut fibre. Kiribati. L. 2200mm W.30mm.

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SUPERB HAWAIIAN BOWL

Lot 2: SUPERB HAWAIIAN BOWL

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Description: A fine early bowl of bulbous form with multiple inlaid repairs and a rich honey coloured patina. L. 165mm W.270mm D.315mm.

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IMPORTANT FEATHER CAPE

Lot 3: IMPORTANT FEATHER CAPE

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Description: Consisting of a crescent-shaped main body with two long panels to the front. The entire surface of the cloak is adorned with feathers which are individually attached to the woven fibre base. The exterior of the main body offers thick borders of black feathers with four interconnecting crescents of colourful feathers and triangles of patterned feathers filling this section. The front panels offer parallel lines of black and triangles of coloured feathers. The interior of the cape is uniformly covered in white down feather pom poms. Early to mid 19th century. From neckline to base of semicircular base. 300mm

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A FINE COLLECTION OF OCEANIC FISH HOOKS

Lot 4: A FINE COLLECTION OF OCEANIC FISH HOOKS

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Description: One large and rare Tongan chiefly lure (whale bone shank turtle shell barb and pearl shell base and attached fibre binding) L.180mm W.30mm. One large Rennell Island shark hook (guan'akao) L.310mm. One octopus lure (maka feke). Two Marshall Island fish hooks. Two Haida Northwest coast halibut hooks. One rare and large fish hook Tokelau. Two Tami Island fish hooks. Eight Solomon Islands lures and three shell shanks. Three Micronesian lures. Three Polynesian lures. Two pecked stone sinkers. (33). Various sizes

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SUPERB CHIEFLY NOSE ADORNMENT

Lot 5: SUPERB CHIEFLY NOSE ADORNMENT

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Description: Nelo a very fine shell body with geometric openwork design with attached strands of multicoloured beads. Santa Cruz Solomon Islands. H.90mm W.105mm. Body only

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FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVA

Lot 6: FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVA

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Description: A carved stylized human and bird figure flanked by two pierced tapering humanistic columns above a pierced ring. Thought to be used as a form of land deed marker or currency. Solomon Islands. H.222mm. W.120mm.

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FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVA

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Description: A carved stylised human figure holding two birds flanked by two seated figures. Thought to be used as a form of land deed marker or currency. Solomon Islands. H.240mm W.152mm.

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FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVA

Lot 8: FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVA

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Description: A carved half-moon shape with various traditional designs. Thought to be used as a form of land deed marker or currency. Solomon Islands. L.210mm. H.155mm.

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TWO SOLOMON ISLANDS ADORNMENTS

Lot 9: TWO SOLOMON ISLANDS ADORNMENTS

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Description: A large clam shell disc adornment together with a small barava. D.140mm H.115mm W.85mm.

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PAPUAN ADORNMENT

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Description: A superb example of a pig's tusk with full curl and a smooth creamy patina. H.110mm W.98mm.

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GROUP OF CURRENCY

Lot 11: GROUP OF CURRENCY

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Description: Four clam shell rings used for bride price or shell money. Abelam people East Sepik Papua New Guinea. H.100mm W.95mm. H.100mm W.95mm. H.84mm W.75mm. H.60mm W.60mm.

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TWO SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVAS

Lot 12: TWO SOLOMON ISLANDS BARAVAS

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Description: Two small well weathered baravas thought to be used as a form of land deed marker or currency. Solomon Islands. H.140mm W.70mm. H.90mm W.110mm.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS ADORNMENT

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Description: A carved frigate bird motif bound to a pearl shell crescent with attached fibre cord and shell money discs. H.125mm W.212mm.

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FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS ARMBAND

Lot 14: FINE SOLOMON ISLANDS ARMBAND

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Description: Very fine adornment with white and red shell money discs plaited into a natural fibre base forming chevron and diamond shapes. H.115mm W.195mm.

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KAP KAP ADORNMENT

Lot 15: KAP KAP ADORNMENT

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Description: A prestigious and finely made object. Bailer shell disc with an openwork turtle shell section attached with fibre binding. Papua New Guinea. DIA.105mm.

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SELECTION OF SE ADORNMENTS

Lot 16: SELECTION OF SE ADORNMENTS

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Description: Four clam shell cylindrical shaped pins and one made of conus shell carved in disc form. Solomon Islands. L.150mm L.116mm L.110mm L.112mm D.60mm.

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FINE KAP KAP ADORNMENT

Lot 17: FINE KAP KAP ADORNMENT

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Description: A clam shell disc with fine incised motifs with attached fibre and hand cut beads. Solomon Islands. D.75mm. (disc only)

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GROUP OF ADZES AND MAGIC STONE

Lot 18: GROUP OF ADZES AND MAGIC STONE

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Description: Three green stone adzes and a sorcerer's stone. Papua New Guinea. L166mm W.79mm. L.175mm W.68mm. L.195mm W.58mm. DIA.55mm.

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HIGHLANDS WAR SHIELD

Lot 19: HIGHLANDS WAR SHIELD

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Description: A wooden shield covered in natural black and red pigment with a simple but surprisingly modern design. Original attached bush fibre handle to back. 20th century. L.1540mm W.370mm.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS PADDLE

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Description: Of classic form with relief carved abstract design to blade representing a frigate bird in flight. Santa Cruz Solomon Islands. L.1260mm W.75mm.

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FINE MASSIM LIME SPATULA

Lot 21: FINE MASSIM LIME SPATULA

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Description: A finely carved spatula with figural designs to top. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. H.335mm W.56mm.

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FINE MASSIM LIME SPATULA

Lot 22: FINE MASSIM LIME SPATULA

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Description: An intricately carved spatula with multiple figural elements to top. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. H.447mm W.38mm.

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FINE MASSIM LIME SPATULA

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Description: A finely carved spatula with traditional designs to top. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. H.425mm W.45mm.

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TWO LIME SPATULAS

Lot 24: TWO LIME SPATULAS

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Description: Two finely carved spatulas with various delicate designs. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. L.430mm. L.400mm.

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TWO LIME SPATULAS

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Description: Two finely carved spatulas with various delicate designs. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. L. 550mm. L.450mm

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GROUP OF MASSIM LIME SPATULAS

Lot 26: GROUP OF MASSIM LIME SPATULAS

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Description: Three finely carved spatulas with various delicate designs. Signs of good use evident. Papua New Guinea. L.365mm. L.337mm. L.303mm.

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GROUP OF LIME SPATULAS

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Description: Three finely carved spatulas with various delicate designs. Traces of infill evident. Wood bone. Papua New Guinea. H.295mm W.38mm. H.304mm W.24mm. H.310mm W.35mm. Bone.

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GROUP OF LIME SPATULAS

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Description: Three finely carved spatulas with various delicate designs. Traces of lime infill evident. Papua New Guinea. L.423mm L.385mm L.335mm.

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SHELL TRUMPET

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Description: A small shell trumpet with pierced blow hole. Papua New Guinea. H.120mm W.110mm.

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LARGE SHELL TRUMPET

Lot 30: LARGE SHELL TRUMPET

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Description: A large triton shell trumpet with pierced blow hole. Papua New Guinea. L.240mm W.120mm.

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TWO TUFI HEADRESTS

Lot 31: TWO TUFI HEADRESTS

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Description: Heavy tapering bases with framed openwork design to middle. Dark well used patina. Oro province Papua New Guinea. H.145mm W.160mm. H.150mm W.160mm.

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PAPUAN HEADREST

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Description: A round tapering base hourglass middle and flared top with small amounts of carved decoration overall. Traces of red pigment evident. Musa River Area Northern Papua New Guinea. H.155mm W.145mm.

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GROUP OF HAIR PINS

Lot 33: GROUP OF HAIR PINS

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Description: Three carved cassowary bone hairpins tapering to a fine point. Rich creamy patina. Papua New Guinea. L. 375mm. L.312mm. L.353mm.

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EARLY STONE TOOL

Lot 34: EARLY STONE TOOL

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Description: A great example of very early stone technology. Flaked and pecked stone to form an axe head. Papua New Guinea H.150mm W.140mm.

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MASSIM FINGER DRUM

Lot 35: MASSIM FINGER DRUM

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Description: Of tapering hollowed form. A carved protruding ridge hollowed at the centre for the handle with thinner pierced ridges on two sides for the attachment of ornaments. The whole is decorated in bands of undulating and curvilinear motifs. Mid brown patina. Papua New Guinea. L.280mm H.75mm D.60mm.

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FINE WOVEN BAG

Lot 36: FINE WOVEN BAG

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Description: A finely woven bush string ceremonial bag with attached decorative possum fur bands. Highlands Papua New Guinea. L.910mm W.440mm. Body only

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FINE NEW IRELAND STATUE

Lot 37: FINE NEW IRELAND STATUE

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Description: A fine painted wooden Malagan sculpture holding a bird above a fish head base. Wood shell fibre lime natural red black and yellow pigments. Carved by Edward Salle and ackwledged by his peers as the greatest living Malagan carver. He was born into the heart of Malagan culture in Lava Village on Tatau Island part of the Tabar Islands of New Ireland. Over the years Edward Salle has become a major force within the traditional culture of New Ireland reinforcing and in some cases re-establishing the Malagan ceremonies. After World War II this tradition was almost lost. Due to Edward and a few other dedicated artists it has enjoyed a remarkable revival. Edward Salle’s work can be found in many major international collections including the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in umea New Caledonia. H.1190mm W.135mm D.125mm.

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FINE NEW IRELAND STATUE

Lot 38: FINE NEW IRELAND STATUE

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Description: A fine painted wooden Malagan sculpture holding a bird above a fish head base. Wood shell fibre lime natural red black and yellow pigments. Carved by Edward Salle H.1220mm W.135mm D.150mm.

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WESTERN HIGHLANDS STEEL WAR SHIELD

Lot 39: WESTERN HIGHLANDS STEEL WAR SHIELD

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Description: A large steel shield crafted from a flattened WWII 44 gallon drum. Decorated on the front with a painted cross form with the name of the chief 'Waghipis' and '4WD'. Presumably as a show of strength as four wheel drives are tough. Original woven bush string handles to the back still remain Steel wire fibre white black and red paint. Mid 20th century. L.1680mm W.705mm.

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KWOMA PIGSKIN SHIELD

Lot 40: KWOMA PIGSKIN SHIELD

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Description: A prestigious ovoid shaped shield made of wild boar hide cane and wood. Used by younger initiated men. Only the elder warriors are allowed to use the carved wooden shields. Kwoma People Washkuk Hills Middle Sepik Papua New Guinea. H1400mm W570mm.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS PADDLE

Lot 41: SOLOMON ISLANDS PADDLE

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Description: Of classic form with relief carved abstract design to blade representing a frigate bird in flight. Santa Cruz Solomon Islands. L.1820mm W.155mm.

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NEW IRELAND STONE MARKER

Lot 42: NEW IRELAND STONE MARKER

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Description: A limestone (chalk) marker in a flattened teardrop shape with carved figure to front and serrated edges to rim. L.420mm W.220mm.

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FINE FIJIAN CLUB - ULA

Lot 43: FINE FIJIAN CLUB - ULA

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Description: Finely carved throwing or missile club of large proportions. Rich brown patina. H.390mm W.110mm.

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FIJIAN POLE CLUB

Lot 44: FIJIAN POLE CLUB

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Description: Bowai a pole shaped club with carved design to handle. Rich brown patina. L.880mm. W.35mm.

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PAPUAN BARK CLOTH PANEL

Lot 45: PAPUAN BARK CLOTH PANEL

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Description: A good example decorated with traditional designs. H.1860mm W.1120mm.

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PAPUAN BARK CLOTH PANEL

Lot 46: PAPUAN BARK CLOTH PANEL

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Description: A superb example decorated with traditional designs. Oro Province Papua New Guinea. H.1660mm W.800mm.

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SANTA CRUZ NAPA DANCE STAFF

Lot 47: SANTA CRUZ NAPA DANCE STAFF

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Description: Of rectangular section slightly curved to pointed end. Covered with fine painted geometrical designs in black white and red. H.740mm W.55mm.

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FINE RENNELL ISLAND STAFFS

Lot 48: FINE RENNELL ISLAND STAFFS

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Description: A pair of prestige staffs with very fine carved decoration and woven bands to shafts. Wood fibre lime. Circa 1940 H.970mm W.110mm. H.950mm W.55mm.

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TWO PAPUA NEW GUINEA CLUBS

Lot 49: TWO PAPUA NEW GUINEA CLUBS

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Description: A pair of hardwood clubs with pointed finials that lead to a rectangular body with serrated edges and a raised medial ridge above tapered tubular handles. Rich dark patina. L.995mm W.63mm.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS CLUB

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Description: Of orthodox long leaf-shaped form with a raised medial ridge and band of carving to top with traces of lime infill. Mid brown patina. L.1340mm W.98mm.

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