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Oceanic & African Art

by Webb's


388 lots | 367 with images

November 11, 2010

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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Superb 18th-century Maori Canoe Bailer, Tiheru. Raharuhi Rukupo, Rongo Whataata Attributed

Lot 1: Superb 18th-century Maori Canoe Bailer, Tiheru. Raharuhi Rukupo, Rongo Whataata Attributed

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Description: A fine Maori canoe bailer, of type II form, used in smaller inland and coastal water canoes, with a tapering hollowed scoop leading to two tubular supports holding a large tiki face; varied blackened patina overall. Attributed to master carver Raharuhi Rukupo, Rongo Whataata, Gisborne, East Coast. c.1840 - 1860. L.500mm.

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Fine Cook Island Stool, No'oanga

Lot 2: Fine Cook Island Stool, No'oanga

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Description: Of fine proportions, rising from four legs, each with teardrop-shaped feet and a faceted edge beneath elegantly curved legs, supporting the arching rectangular seat; fine, aged, slightly reddish-brown patina. L.460mm.

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Fine Fijian Headrest, Kali

Lot 3: Fine Fijian Headrest, Kali

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Description: Gently curved, rectangular cross-piece, flaring slightly at ends, supported by an ovoid mid-section resting on a rectangular flat base. 19th century. L.380mm.

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Fine Tongan Inlaid Neck Rest

Lot 4: Fine Tongan Inlaid Neck Rest

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Description: Of elegant, abstract, arching form, with small wedge-shaped feet supporting the lower edge, inlaid with mother of pearl to top and one side. L.460mm.

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Rare and Superb Fijian War Club

Lot 5: Rare and Superb Fijian War Club

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Description: Superbly balanced and made from a single piece of aged, soaked Vesi (ironwood), the culacula form is highly complex offering subtle concave and convex surfaces throughout the blade. The decorative elements are highly achieved with geometric carving throughout the grip section. The head of the club of a sophisticated design with the centre line tapering off to a thin mid-section that then flares as it terminates towards the tip. This purposeful design subtly distributes weight to the top of the blade, providing more power to the action of the club. The shoulder blades finely serrated. The patina remarkable, offering a dark, rich colour that transitions to deep, illustrious red. Overall stability of the club is excellent. 19th century. H.1,075mm.

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Early Fijian Bowl, Tanoa

Lot 6: Early Fijian Bowl, Tanoa

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Description: Rising from four short, tapering, cylindrical legs, the bowl with fine, delicate, ovoid form flaring and terminating to a point at opposing sides; a triangular lug pierced through; varied rich, layered, red/brown patina. 19th century. L.330mm, W135mm.

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Solomon Island Hairpin

Lot 7: Solomon Island Hairpin

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Description: Jaw fragment from a traditional costume, superbly constructed using cane, fibre, wood and tapa cloth, covered in red and white natural pigment. New Britain, PNG. H.210mm, W.80mm.

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Mask Fragment

Lot 8: Mask Fragment

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Description: Jaw fragment from a traditional costume, superbly constructed using cane, fibre, wood and tapa cloth, covered in red and white natural pigment. New Britain, PNG. H.210mm, W.80mm.

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Rare Maori Adze Handle

Lot 9: Rare Maori Adze Handle

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Description: With a bulbous end and long tubular shaft leading to a finely worked, rectangular-shaped head with six raised curved ridges; rich, variated patina. H.390mm, W.115mm.

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Fine Massim Figure by Mutuaga

Lot 10: Fine Massim Figure by Mutuaga

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Description: A superbly carved figure seated on a chair with arms raised and tightly drawn into the chest with hands resting on either side of the face; on a three-legged base with carved design to face, torso and base; rich, brown patina. 19th century. Massim area, South Cape, PNG. H.350mm, W.100mm.

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Rare Vanuatu Club

Lot 11: Rare Vanuatu Club

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Description: Carved from a single piece of hardwood, the base of the handle is circular; handle extends into a highly refined 'hockey stick' form; rich, dark patina. 19th century. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. L.1,020mm, W.35mm

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Early Papuan Gulf Tapa Costume

Lot 12: Early Papuan Gulf Tapa Costume

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Description: Conical tapa cloth decorated with black and rusty-brown abstract motifs with attached fibre skirt. H.1,300mm, W.300mm.

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Fine Asmat Shield

Lot 13: Fine Asmat Shield

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Description: Of oval, flat form with eight scrolling motifs interspersed with circles, red and white pigments and blackening to parts. H.1,270mm, W.280mm

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Rare Asmat Staff

Lot 14: Rare Asmat Staff

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Description: Carved with overlapping elements, pierced at the centre three times and with stylised figure to one side. H.780mm, W.120mm.

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Rare New Britain Mask

Lot 15: Rare New Britain Mask

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Description: Elongated, rectangular-shaped body with a pierced vertical slit to top, framed by four smaller piercings either side; woven fibre surround with pompom to end; two woven lugs either side of body; clay overlay with red, brown, black lineal abstract motifs from natural pigments, highlighted with white eyes and nose. H.930mm, W260mm.

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Huon Gulf Bowl

Lot 16: Huon Gulf Bowl

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Description: Of hollowed form, tapering to points at each end, rim decorated with stylised human figure with arm outstretched, flanked with serpent forms; early, dry patina. H.140mm, W.620mm.

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Huon Gulf Bowl

Lot 17: Huon Gulf Bowl

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Description: Of hollowed, oval form with thin rim. Decorated with two panels of rectangular bands with arched 'U' shapes, with stylised figures; arms wrapped to each end of bowl. H105mm, W.300mm.

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Rotse Spoon

Lot 18: Rotse Spoon

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Description: Finely carved with three raised birds, light-coloured wood with blackened zigzag and triangular designs; aged patina. H.350mm, W50mm.

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Kuba Spoon

Lot 19: Kuba Spoon

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Description: A circular ladle beneath a flat broad handle fully carved with geometric motif. H.320mm, W.60mm.

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Fine Zulu Spoon

Lot 20: Fine Zulu Spoon

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Description: An elongated, hollowed ladle with a twisted tubular mid-section; a pierced ovoid handle with inset face; three carved wooden chain links to end; light wood with blackened highlights. H.340mm, W.85mm.

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Group of Four Zulu Spoons

Lot 21: Group of Four Zulu Spoons

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Description: Hollowed scoops leading to tubular shafts with various raised designs; two with carved ends. Varied light to medium-brown patina. H.375mm, W.55mm.

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Dan Mask

Lot 22: Dan Mask

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Description: Of hollowed form with pointed chin; a pierced rim for attachment; mouth pierced with superbly carved lips and well-defined cheekbones, raised, arched eyebrows, slit pierced eyes; wearing an encrusted, tightly woven coiffure. A rich, dark patina. H.240mm, W.160mm.

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Fine Makonde Mask

Lot 23: Fine Makonde Mask

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Description: With a wide, cylindrical neck and pointed chin, a pierced mouth with finely carved teeth under a broad triangular nose and lidded eyes; recessed designs to top with inset hair; varied red to black patina. H.290mm, W.180mm

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Fine Lega Mask

Lot 24: Fine Lega Mask

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Description: Of convex form with pierced chin for attached fibre beard; slit mouth beneath a triangular nose and pierced oval eyes; fine, light-coloured patina. H.250mm, W.150mm.

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Beaded Cameroon Figure

Lot 25: Beaded Cameroon Figure

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Description: Seated on a plinth with prominent buttocks and columnar torso, the rounded shoulders supporting a large spherical head, the whole covered in a chequered motif of light and dark-blue and red tubular beads; the face, eyes, nose, mouth and ears highlighted with white and black beads. H.560mm, W.215mm.

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Mendi Helmet Mask

Lot 26: Mendi Helmet Mask

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Description: A thick, rolled neck with compressed facial features, pierced slit eye-holes and two lines of scarification to forehead; an upswept coiffure surmounted with horizontal raised ridges leading to two topknots; base pierced for attachment with a blackened, worn, encrusted patina. H.370mm.

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Three Mossi Flutes

Lot 27: Three Mossi Flutes

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Description: Three superb flutes with humanistic forms, the cylindrical bodies each framed with two arm-like elements, terminating at the top with flared head-like mouthpieces. H.350mm, W.120mm. H.220mm, W.70mm. H.290mm, W.100mm.

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Rare Makonde Body Mask

Lot 28: Rare Makonde Body Mask

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Description: In the form of a female torso, with large, swollen abdomen with four raised, double scarification lines in star pattern flaring from navel, beneath formed conical breasts; holes to side for attachment; rich, reddish-brown patina. H.500mm, W.275mm.

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Fine Songye Mask

Lot 29: Fine Songye Mask

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Description: Of hollowed abstract form, pierced around rim for attachment; angular facial plane with protruding rectangular mouth beneath a flared angular nose, extending to a medial ridge, flanked by pierced, ovoid eyes. All over incised with linear pattern; dry, old patina of kaolin, blackened eyes, nose and mouth. H.390mm, W.265mm.

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Superb Pende Stool

Lot 30: Superb Pende Stool

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Description: Raised on a circular base with a finely carved, seated central figure with hands resting on ears. The elbows positioned on knees; a fibre skirt around waist. Figure is flanked by two rectangular columns with raised animal motifs supporting a circular seat; decorated with white, black and red pigments. H.295mm, Dia.225mm.

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Kuba Velvet

Lot 31: Kuba Velvet

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Description: Natural fibre decorated with abstract over-sewn formations. L.1,550mm, W.690mm.

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Kuba Velvet

Lot 32: Kuba Velvet

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Description: Natural fibre decorated with abstract over-sewn formations. L.1,560mm, W.690mm.

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Kuba Velvet

Lot 33: Kuba Velvet

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Description: Natural fibre decorated with abstract over-sewn formations. L.670mm, W.690mm.

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Kuba Velvet

Lot 34: Kuba Velvet

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Description: Natural fibre decorated with abstract over-sewn formations. L.1,650mm, W.690mm.

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Kuba Velvet

Lot 35: Kuba Velvet

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Description: Natural fibre decorated with abstract over-sewn formations. L.1,650mm, W.690mm.

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Fine Yoruba Divination Platter

Lot 36: Fine Yoruba Divination Platter

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Description: Of flat circular form with raised band showing a ring of raised figures and motifs including a large, stylised face, animals and intertwining designs. H.30mm, W.430mm.

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Fine Baule Figure

Lot 37: Fine Baule Figure

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Description: Standing on a square base with elongated toes and flat feet, muscular legs and protruding buttocks beneath a slender elongated torso with conical breasts framed by cut-away arms resting on torso. An elongated neck with spherical head and finely carved facial features beneath a single-crested, back-swept coiffure, scarification to cheeks and chest; fine, aged, blackened patina with red and white highlights; small adornment bundle around neck. c.1920. H.650mm, W.150mm.

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Ashanti Stool

Lot 38: Ashanti Stool

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Description: Rectangular flat base with the central cylindrical support pierced with squares; fretted borders to the four outer supports and a curved, rectangular seat. W.560mm.

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Baule Fetish

Lot 39: Baule Fetish

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Description: Freestanding with muscular legs and rounded buttocks. Arms held to sides with hands resting on stomach; an elongated neck with forward-facing head, a broad nose, swept-back coiffure with topknot. Fine, aged, encrusted patina. H.350mm, W.70mm.

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Cameroon Beaded Doll

Lot 40: Cameroon Beaded Doll

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Description: A fine and early beaded doll, facial features highlighted with light and dark-blue beads. H.260mm, W.110mm.

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Important Cameroon Grasslands Buffalo

Lot 41: Important Cameroon Grasslands Buffalo

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Description: Representing the head of a buffalo, the elongated form accentuated by long, bent horns with incised linear motif extending half-way; the median peak projected in high relief, extends from the back of the cranium to top of nose. The featured ovoid eyes and protruding ears carved in high relief are testament to a master carver's impression of power. Massive teeth within the broad jaw and dilated nostrils. This sculpture has great balance and strong decorative elements. Very beautiful, rich, dark patina of age. H.660mm, W.310mm.

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Rare Bamana Ntomo Mask

Lot 42: Rare Bamana Ntomo Mask

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Description: Of hollowed form, and pierced around the rim for attachment; an angular face with extended, tubular, tapering mouth, pierced, circular eyes framing the protruding triangular nose pierced with iron ring, surmounted by eight horns and by a two-horned antelope with three attached triangular serrated metal plates; dark-brown, dry patina. H.720mm, W.200mm.

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Mambila Figure

Lot 43: Mambila Figure

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Description: Of angular form, with bent legs and squat torso; strong arms, one touching chin beneath a large head with a concave, heart-shaped face. Encrusted, blackened patina with highlights of red ochre and kaolin. H.245mm, W.100mm.

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Four Fine African Clubs

Lot 44: Four Fine African Clubs

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Description: A mossi club, the club missing blade, large flute, and a pair of South African Zulu clubs. H.600mm, W.85mm. H.545mm, W.80mm. H.630mm, W.80mm. H.525mm, W.100mm.

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Makonde Mask

Lot 45: Makonde Mask

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Description: Naturalistic face with pierced, slit eyes and smooth, flat, triangulated nose, raised ears and ridged, double-raised, swept-back coiffure; varied natural and painted patina, blackened eyebrows and hair. H.240mm, W.150mm.

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Yoruba Beaded Bag

Lot 46: Yoruba Beaded Bag

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Description: Square cloth bag with alternating red and black geometric beaded border framing a multicoloured beaded abstract face. L.380mm, W360mm.

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Dinka/Kamba Pipe

Lot 47: Dinka/Kamba Pipe

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Description: Slender tubular form and bound with brass. H.730mm, W.35mm.

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Makonde Staff

Lot 48: Makonde Staff

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Description: Long shaft supporting a large, finely carved head with lenticular mouth, straight nose and inlaid glass-bead eyes, flanked by large ears; rich, honey-brown patina. H.965mm, W.75mm.

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Fine Ibo Maiden Mask

Lot 49: Fine Ibo Maiden Mask

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Description: Of hollowed, spherical form, with an open, slightly raised mouth beneath an elongated nose and pierced slit eyes; surmounted by a spectacular coiffure with open-work carving; fine, aged patina with white pigment and blackening to headdress. H.430mm, W.215mm.

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Fine Dogon Door

Lot 50: Fine Dogon Door

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Description: Two flat, rectangular panels attached by an old iron section and carved with 34 animal and humanistic figures in relief, each with geometric bent legs beneath a protruding torso and navel; medium to dark-brown patina. H.620mm, W.330mm.

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