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Two Karawari River Figure Heads Fragments,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Two Karawari River Figure Heads Fragments, 42cm, 52cm (2)

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A Female Ancestor Figure, Middle Sepik,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD400

Description: A Female Ancestor Figure, Middle Sepik, a sensitively carved figure made from hardwood, cowrie shell eyes and traces of original ochre painted designs on face and body. 66 x 26cm

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A Small Amulet Figure, Konkornba People,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD200 - AUD300

Description: A Small Amulet Figure, Konkornba People, Upper Volta River, Ghana; Ex. Dalton Somare Gallery, Italy. 25cm

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Karawari Figure Fragment (head only),

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Karawari Figure Fragment (head only), Yimar People, Upper Karawari River. Provenance: Ex. Barry Hoare Collection 39cm

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Two Sepik River Ancestor Figures,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD500

Description: Two Sepik River Ancestor Figures, both of good form with traces of ochre and feather decorations. 36cm, 46cm (2)

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An Ancestor Figure, Central Asmat,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Ancestor Figure, Central Asmat, sensitively carved by a master caver or wow ipitsj, Todd Barlin purchased this figure from the Catholic Priest at Basim village in the early 1980's. The penis is missing as often the case with older figures, sometimes they were removed as not to offend the some people's sensitivities. 83cm

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Two Small Amulet Figures, Geelvink Bay,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD200 - AUD400

Description: Two Small Amulet Figures, Geelvink Bay, these two genuine old and used amulets were bought from old men an Ansus Village, Japen Island in 1985. 11.5cm, 19cm

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An old Food Stirrer, Huon Gulf ,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: An old Food Stirrer, Huon Gulf , with a finely carved stylized human figure, together with a Sepik River food stirrer with fine old ancestor figure finial. 81cm, 65cm (2)

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Two Sepik River Figures,

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August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD500

Description: Two Sepik River Figures, both are sculptural fragments; left is off a neckrest and right is off a paddle. 18cm, 24cm (2)

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A Fine Bougainville Female Ancestor Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Fine Bougainville Female Ancestor Figure, in the naturalistic form of a beautiful young woman, circa 1930's -1940's. 52cm

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An Early Asmat Female Ancestor Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Early Asmat Female Ancestor Figure, Ocenep Village, circa 1950's-1960's; Ex Catholic Mission Collection, Basim Village, Coastal Asmat. 55cm

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A Fine Old Ancestor Figure, Keram River,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Fine Old Ancestor Figure, Keram River, New Guinea. Provenance: collected in 1967 by Peter Mann, Ex Alex Philips, Melbourne. 35cm

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An Old Timor Female Fertility Ancestor Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Old Timor Female Fertility Ancestor Figure, East Timor , Indonesia; this curvaceous nude female ancestor figure standing with her hands resting together on her swollen pregnant belly. Carved from hardwood, with a patina of age and use. 76cm

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A Guardian Post Figure, West Nepal Tribal People,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Guardian Post Figure, West Nepal Tribal People, 19th Century; the figure has square holes in the back where it was attached to a wall or post. The face is very expressive and there is an ancient patina overall. 104 x 17cm

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An Ancestor Figure, Central Asmat,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Ancestor Figure, Central Asmat, sensitively carved by a master carver or wow ipitsj. Provenance: Todd Barlin purchased this figure from the Catholic priest at Basim Village in the early 1980's. 46m

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A Papuan Gulf, Kakame Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD500

Description: A Papuan Gulf, Kakame Figure, these figures are carved from the roots of the mangrove tree, and represent powerful spirits that dwell in the bush in isolated swamps or at the ends of small rivers. Kakame are highly revered clan totems. 85 x 62cm

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A Pair of Ifugao Bulul Figures,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD800 - AUD1,200

Description: A Pair of Ifugao Bulul Figures, Ifugao people of Northern Luzon, Philippines; 'Bulul' are guardians of rice granaries, and are very important in Ifugao society, where rice is the staple crop. The Ifugao believe that 'bululs' are responsible for plentiful harvests of rice, and that the deities can also miraculously increase the amount of rice available. Making 'bulul' sculptures is a long and complex process, these figures are traditionally made in pairs - one male and one female. Upon completion of the carving, the 'bulul' figures are installed in a rice granary. A number of ceremonies accompany the placement, including putting blood on the figures. The lumpy coating on this figure is evidence of these rituals. Provenance: Ex. Rudolf Kratochwill Collection, Austria. 39cm, 40cm

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A Fine Old Ifugao Bulul Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: A Fine Old Ifugao Bulul Figure, Ifugao people of Northern Luzon, Philippines; 'Bulul' are guardians of rice granaries, and are very important in Ifugao society, where rice is the staple crop. The Ifugao believe that 'bululs' are responsible for plentiful harvests of rice, and that the deities can also miraculously increase the amount of rice available. Making 'bulul' sculptures is a long and complex process, these figures are traditionally made in pairs - one male and one female. Upon completion of the carving, the 'bulul' figures are installed in a rice granary. A number of ceremonies accompany the placement, including putting blood on the figures. The lumpy coating on this figure is evidence of these rituals. Provenance: Ex. Rudolf Kratochwill Collection, Austria. 44cm

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A Rare Ancestor Figure, Wakde Island, Sarmi Area,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Rare Ancestor Figure, Wakde Island, Sarmi Area, West Papua; collected by Todd Barlin "This unusual old and figure I found on a field collecting trip to Wakde Island off the coast of Sarmi district in 1986. It was broken with only one arm intact, it shows obvious age and wear." - Todd Barlin 39cm

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A Resin Cast Solomon Islands Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD400

Description: A Resin Cast Solomon Islands Figure, this is a resin copy of the famous Solomon Islands figure on display at the Auckland Museum. The museum used to sell resin replicas of original pieces in their collections. It is made in the 1970's and are now collector's items in their own category of museum reproductions. 65cm

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A Ceremonial Bat Figure, Middle Sepik,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD2,000 - AUD3,000

Description: A Ceremonial Bat Figure, Middle Sepik, this finely carved hard wood bat figure has incised circular designs on its wings, the eyes have small Nassa shell inlays and traces of ochre, on a custom made stand. Provenance: Senta Taft Hendry (1924-2014); Field collected by Senta Taft Hendry in the 1960's Exhibited: Oceanic Arts Pacifica, Casula Powerhouse Gallery 2014 91cm x 34cm

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Three Old Massim Lime Spatula's,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: Three Old Massim Lime Spatula's, all finely carved with traces of lime infill; Left: In the form of a stylized turtle with fine incised designs, Centre: In the form of a canoe design, Ex. Crispin Howarth Collection, Right: a fine Janus figure with two crouching back to back figures. 29cm, 34cm, 32cm (3)

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An Ancestor Figure Asmat , Awok Village,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD800 - AUD1,200

Description: An Ancestor Figure Asmat , Awok Village, with custom made stand. Field Collected by Todd Barlin in Awok Village Circa 1985; the left shoulder crack visible in field photo provided was professional repaired. *See field photo 136cm

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Two Fine Old Ramu River Area Paddles,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Two Fine Old Ramu River Area Paddles, with a finely incised stylized ancestor figure on both sides of the blade and full ancestor figure finial to top of paddle. Exhibited: Pacific Navigation Exhibition 2013 at Casula Powerhouse Gallery *see photo 217cm, 248cm (2)

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A Fine Marind Anim Stork Dema Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: A Fine Marind Anim Stork Dema Figure, this well documented Mayo Stork Dema Figure was the one piece Todd Barlin kept for himself from the collections made for major museums including a full Dema Ceremony now held at The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and another at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart. *see attached Field Photos of it being danced during the actual ceremony. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum 106 x 63cm

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A Collection of Six Artefacts,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD200 - AUD300

Description: A Collection of Six Artefacts, including four incised bamboo pipes, New Guinea, a carved Aboriginal lizard figure and a woomera. 10 - 57cm (6)

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An Archers Shield, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands Province,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: An Archers Shield, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands Province, this shield with the design of an abstract human figure in red and white ochres. 70 x 29cm

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A Carved and Painted Crocodile Figure, North East Arnhem Land,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Carved and Painted Crocodile Figure, North East Arnhem Land, Circa 1970-1980; the crocodile is an important clan totem, and is often depicted in Arnhem Land bark paintings and less often in carvings such as this one. The finely pained ochre raark designs appear on sides and face of this carving. 131cm

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An Ancestor Figure, Atoni or Tetum People,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Ancestor Figure, Atoni or Tetum People, West Timor, Indonesia; ancestor figure [ai bahat] early 20th century; In Timor, tattoos signal identity and status. Their talismanic qualities protect the living and the soul after death. He is incised with intricate designs found on a range of Timor art, including tattoos and textiles. The stylised aquatic and reptilian creatures on the belly of this sculpture are motifs associated with fertility and the Timor nobility. Provenance: Purchased from Daeng Iskander in 1985, Iskander was an important Art Dealer in Bali who helped Barbier Mueller build his Indonesian Art Collection which is now in The Musee du Quai Branly collection in Paris. 37cm

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An Omu Figure, Northwest Asmat,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Omu Figure, Northwest Asmat, Weo Village, Jerep River NW Asmat; Omu is the name of the type of spirit figure and the ceremony that it belongs. The Omu ceremony only happens in a few small villages in the remote NW Asmat Area. "I made many trips to the Asmat during the years 1985-1999 staying several months each trip. This was at a time when the area was mostly closed to foreigners. I made collections of artworks for many public major museum collections around the world." - Todd Barlin *See attached field photo, Right in both Studio and Field Photo. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum. Published & Exhibited : Oceanic Art Pacifica 2014 at Casula Power House Gallery Page 93. 200cm

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An Omu Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Omu Figure, Weo Village, Jerep River NW Asmat; Omu is the name of the type of spirit figure and the ceremony that it belongs. The Omu ceremony only happens in a few small villages in the remote NW Asmat Area. "I made many trips to the Asmat during the years 1985-1999 staying several months each trip. This was at a time when the area was mostly closed to foreigners. I made collections of artworks for many public major museum collections around the world." - Todd Barlin *See attached field photo. Right in both Studio and Field Photo. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum. Published & Exhibited : Oceanic Art Pacifica 2014 at Casula Power House Gallery Page 93. 207cm

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An Omu Figure, North West Asmat,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: An Omu Figure, North West Asmat, Irogo Village, Jerep River NW Asmat; an unusual form with both female and male genitalia. Omu is the name of the type of spirit figure and the ceremony that it belongs. The Omu ceremony only happens in a few small villages in the remote NW Asmat Area. "I made many trips to the Asmat during the years 1985-1999 staying several months each trip. This was at a time when the area was mostly closed to foreigners. I made collections of artworks for many public major museum collections around the world." - Todd Barlin *See attached field photo. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum. 258cm

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An Important Marind Anim Stork Dema Figure,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: An Important Marind Anim Stork Dema Figure, Imo Cult, Used in Dema Ceremony early 1990s; these were left over from the collections Todd Barlin made for major museums including a full Dema Ceremony now held at The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and another at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart. *see attached Field Photos of it being danced during the actual ceremony. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum. 107 x 60cm

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Two Fine Old Asmat Drums,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: Two Fine Old Asmat Drums, one with finely carved human figure to top of handle, collected at Basim village from the Catholic priest; the other with deeply incised designs, collected from Digul River area near Kepi. 104cm, 110cm (2)

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Two Old Mimika Paddles,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Two Old Mimika Paddles, Mimika Area, South Coast West Papua; finely incised with classical abstract Mimika designs that represent ancestor figures like on Yamate boards. Exhibited: Pacific Navigation Exhibition 2013 at Casula Powerhouse Gallery *see attached photo 203cm, 204cm

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An Iatmul Middle Sepik Mwai Mask,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD400

Description: An Iatmul Middle Sepik Mwai Mask, finely carved of classic form, inlaid shell work and pig tusks traces of ochre painted designs, the nose of the mask ending with a small crouching bird figure. Purchased in New Zealand, 1985. 78.5cm

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A Neckrest, Eastern Highlands Province,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Neckrest, Eastern Highlands Province, in the form of as stylized dog figure with head at either end, pecked designs on heads and old patina. Collected by Peter Hallinan in the 1970's, Okapa District, Eastern Highlands. 58cm

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A Ladle, Admiralty Islands,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Ladle, Admiralty Islands, late 19th Century; the intricately carved wood handle could be seen as an abstract human figure. Provenance: BL Hornshaw Collection (1878-1937); Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific and Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received many of his pieces from people who lived and worked in the Pacific in the late 19th Century. 33cm

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A Fine Old Kankaney Coffin Lock, Northern Phillipines,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: A Fine Old Kankaney Coffin Lock, Northern Phillipines, The Kankaney are an ethnic division of the Igorots, an indigenous people of the Cordillera region, in the Phillipine Island of Luzan. This figure would have to fit into a square hole on a coffin to guard and protect the deceased. Provenance: Ex. Rudolf Kratochwill Collection, Austria. 68cm

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Two Old Boomerangs,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Two Old Boomerangs, both with Incised designs, one has a spirit figure on both sides. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he was a lifetime collector in many fields including Aboriginal art. He was an early collector of the American painter Mark Rothko and could easily see the sophisticated aesthetics of Aboriginal art and artefacts. 43cm, 56cm (2)

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A Shield Asmat, Causerinen Coast, West Papua,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: A Shield Asmat, Causerinen Coast, West Papua, a rare type of shield with figurative motifs on the front, collected by Todd Barlin in Basim Village, 1986, "The local catholic priest had it in his home and said it had been carved by one of the most important Master Carvers or "wow ipitsj" from Pirien Village and that he was deceased at that time." - Todd Barlin 192 x 41cm

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A Old and Well Used Asmat Drum,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: A Old and Well Used Asmat Drum, collected at Jow Village in 1986 and belonged to an important Asmat carver named Akai. The handle consists of three beautifully carved stylized hornbill birds heads, the body of the drum with incised designs and upraised ghost hands; together with a fine old Mimika drum with abstract designs that represent an ancestor figure (like Yamate Boards). 76cm, 55cm (2)

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Five Strands of Old Trade Beads, Geelvink Bay,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD400

Description: Five Strands of Old Trade Beads, Geelvink Bay, West Papua; these beads were the main traditional currency that the native people used and received from Malay traders for bird of paradise feathers which were in great demand from the royalty of South East Asia and China. This trade between Malay traders and Melanesian's had been going on for centuries as evident in the trade goods they left behind, including: ancient glass beads, bangles and earrings, bronze age axes, kettle drums and ceramics. 30 - 58cm (5)

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A Collection of Ancient Glass Earrings,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD600 - AUD800

Description: A Collection of Ancient Glass Earrings, Geelvink Bay Area, West Papua; these glass earrings were collected on the Waropen Coast along the North Coast of West New Guinea, traditionally called "dimbo" in the local Warpoen language, they were an important type of traditional wealth used for bride price payments, other types of compensation payments and for goods, especially bird of paradise skins that Malay traders came to obtain by trading glass and metal objects. It is thought that this trade went over 2000 - 3000 years, in an archaeological dig in Lake Sentani they found "Dong Song" Bronze age axe heads, kettle drums and ancient glass ornaments. Some of these glass earrings are of great antiquity and are certainly based on the glass tear drop shaped ornaments from the "Dong Song " bronze age culture of Vietnam (1000 BC to 1 BC). In the late 19th century people from Eastern Indonesia , brought forge and bellows technology to this area of New Guinea, this gave them a rudimentary metal working technique and also glass melting technology, which allowed them to make their own glass earrings from old bottles that were also highly valued trade items. References for further reading: Plumes from Paradise by Dr Pamela Swaddling 1996 3 - 6.5 cm (35)

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Five Ancient Barava Ornament Pieces, Western Solomon Islands,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Five Ancient Barava Ornament Pieces, Western Solomon Islands, 18th -19th Century; of the old figural type, two on stands. Provenance: Tebbenham Collection. Tebbenham was on the Navy Ship the HSM Mohawk 1898 on a punitive expedition to the Western Solomon Islands due to head hunting raids on the neighbouring Islands. Provenance: BL Hornshaw Collection (1878-1937); Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific and Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received many of his pieces from people who lived and worked in the Pacific in the late 19th Century. 8 - 22cm (5)

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A Group of Marind Anim Dema Ornaments (Imo Cult),

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD200 - AUD400

Description: A Group of Marind Anim Dema Ornaments (Imo Cult), including a bird Dema figure. These were left over from the collections Todd Barlin made for major museums including a full Dema Ceremony now held at The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and another at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart *see attached Field Photos of it being danced during the actual ceremony. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum

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A Superb Ancient Barava, Western Solomon Islands,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD1,500 - AUD2,000

Description: A Superb Ancient Barava, Western Solomon Islands, 18th Century or earlier; mostly complete with two large and impressive figures standing on circular base. The shell is very thick and with an ancient patina of the oldest types of these objects have; on a custom made display stand. Provenance: Tebbenham Collection; Tebbenham was on the Navy Ship the HSM Mohawk 1898 on a punitive expedition to the Western Solomon Islands due to head hunting raids on the neighbouring Islands. Ex BL Hornshaw Collection (1878-1937); Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific and Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received many of his pieces from people who lived and worked in the Pacific in the late 19th Century. The most complex clam shell objects were barava, ornate openwork plaques created in the western Solomon Islands. The designs on some barava are geometric, but many include stylized human figures interspersed with forms that resemble faces, shown with spiral eyes and grinning mouths filled with minute teeth. Barava appear to have been associated with burial places and were reportedly used to adorn structures housing the skulls of prominent men, slain enemies or placed on graves. In the past, some barava formed part of vovoso, powerful charms carried in war canoes during head hunting expeditions to protect the crew and ensure success. 20 x 16cm

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A Yina Figure, Kwoma People, Waskuk Area, Upper Sepik,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD800 - AUD1,000

Description: A Yina Figure, Kwoma People, Waskuk Area, Upper Sepik, this very expressive Yina has all the attributes of good Kwoma Sculpture, looking at the side view the nose is suspended from the forehead, much of the original ochre painted designs intact. Yina is one of three distinct ceremonies held annually in the villages of the kwoma, Nukuma and Mayo speakers of the Upper Sepik River, these ceremonies are associated with the harvesting of yams. Yina is the first of the yam harvest ceremonies. The basic iconographic feature is a highly stylized representation of the human head. The head is greatly enlarged with a prominent nose, disembodied and with a long pointed shaft. The most striking feature of the face is the nose, a common Sepik symbol of the phallus. Though strong symbols of maleness permeate the sculptural form, the Yina can be designated either male or female. Yina represent spirits known as sikilawos, which have great power and are responsible for the continuing fertility of the yam gardens. Older Yina's are hidden in garden huts, away from the village. They have acquired power over time and through use. New carvings are required from time to time; power is not inherent, but develops in the process of carving and painting. 101cm

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George Djahgurrnga c.1918-1980s Funerary Ceremonies Ochres on Bark

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD300 - AUD400

Description: George Djahgurrnga c.1918-1980s Funerary Ceremonies Ochres on Bark West Arnhem Land, c.1960s George Merwulunlu Djahgurrnga was born in about 1918. A Kunwinjku speaker, he grew up in the bush and did not move to the Oenpelli mission, established in 1925. Schooled in bark painting by his father, Djahgurrnga painted in a simple style derived from rock art and ritual body painting. He did not marry and lived and worked on his own at Guborlemguborlem, on a remote outstation isolated from contact with Europeans. According to Dorothy Bennett, he lived in a pandanus hut by a billabong and used to fish with an old butterfly net. Very much a loner, he was interested in painting spirit figures and animals. 62 x 36cm

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Two Marind Anim Dema Ornaments, in the form of sea birds,

by Theodore Bruce

August 17, 2015, 6:00 PM AEST

Sydney, Australia

Estimated Price: AUD400 - AUD600

Description: Two Marind Anim Dema Ornaments, in the form of sea birds, these bird figures were used for a Dema called Tetale. These fine ornaments were used in the early 1990's in a Mayo Cult Dema Ceremony in Okaba District. These were left over from the collections Todd Barlin made for major museums including a full Dema Ceremony now held at The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and another at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart. *see attached Field Photos of it being danced during the actual ceremony. Field Photos Copyright Todd Barlin and The South Australian Museum. 32cm

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