Stunning Boiken Turtle Shell Armband – tc163

Category: Adornments

Boiken Area, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea

An ancient coastal Boiken turtle shell armband. This example so old that the carapace resembles petrified wood. The entire outer surface with deeply cut curvilinear motif; while the inside with a solid encrusted patina from generations of use. These are becoming very rare in the field these days, and are only seen during the occaisional sing sing or when presented as a traditional wedding gift. Late 19th Century; in excellent condition.

Diameter 8 cm or 3 inches.
Length: 10 cm or 4 inches
Price: Sold

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Collingwood Bay Turtle Shell Hair Comb with Bagi Attachments – tc171

Category: Adornments

Collingwood Bay, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea

An old Collingwood Bay Tuttle shell hair comb, beautifully decorated with bagi shell currency and banana seed attachments. The carapace carved finely with linear motif fringing the bagi discs which are attached using bush rope. Smooth edges and surface patina from extensive handling and use, with old loss evident to one of the prongs; in otherwise perfect condition 1920′s. Custom mounted.

Height: 25 cm or 9.75 inches.
Price: Australian $850.00

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Fine Papuan Gulf Bark Belt – tc143

Category: Adornments

Biamaru Area, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

A fine Gulf ceremonial bark belt. Skilfully carved from a thin piece of bark and decorated with six beautiful Gope style faces around the diameter, and applied natural pigment decoration. Silky smooth patina on the inside of the belt from extensive use; in perfect condition. Mid 20th Century. Custom mounted.

Diameter: 27 cm or 10.25 inches.
Width: 7 cm or 2.75 inches
Price: Sold

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Fine Massim Soulava Kula Object – tc148

Category: Adornments

Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea

These important objects play a vital role in the Kula Exchange. A great example of traditional design melded with contemporary introduced materials. Constructed from pearl shell with banana seed, cowrie shell, glass bead and red plastic disc attachments; complete with a healthy length of “A-grade” bagi shell money attached. The front side of the Pearl shell has two incised names of previous owners. Worn as an adornment, or traded as a status or wealth object. All of the attachments show age and signs and extensive handling; in overall wonderful condition. Mid 20th Century; custom mounted.

Shell Width: 15 cm or 6 inches.
Bagi Length: 87 cm or 34.25 inches
Price: Australian$950.00

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Massim Mwali Armband Kula Exchange Object – tc133

Category: Adornments

Vakuta Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea

An elegant Massim “Mwali”; Kula trade object. Traditionally worn as an arm ornament. The large central conus shell ring, with 5 large egg-shell cowrie shell attachments. Beautifully adorned with, jobes tears and other seeds; glass and metal beads and three large suspended seed attachments. These objects are important in the complex Kula system practised throughout parts of Milne Bay Province. Wonderful old encrusted patina on all of the shell’s; in excellent condition. Circa 1960′s, custom mounted.

Width of shell section: 23 cm or 9 inches.
Price: Australian$1200.00

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Old Naga Clam Shell Nekclace – tc134

Category: Adornments

Nagaland, North Eastern India

A stunning old Naga necklace. A beautiful mix of clam shell red coral, & glass beads strung on natural fibre string. Shell and coral were highly valued amongst these mountain people making this an ornament that would have been held in very high regard. Smooth surface patina on all of the beads, in what can only be described as perfect condition. Early to mid 20th Centruy; custom moutned.

Height: 68 cm or 27 inches.

Price: Australian$700.00

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Beautiful Old Papuan Gulf Turtle Shell Armband – tc8

Category: Adornments

Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

A beautiful old Gulf turtle shell arm ornament. Skilfully carved from thick piece of carapace; and highly decorated with incised abstract linear motif. On the upper rim are two carved holes, presumably for seed or shell attachments. Soft rounded edges form extensive wear in excellent condition. Early 20th Century.

Diameter: 8 cm or 3.1 inches.

Price: Australian$1100.00

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Old Papuan Gulf Kap Kap Ornament – tc98

Category: Adornments

Kerama Area, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

An old Papuan Gulf “Kap Kap” ornament. Beautifully crafted from a piece of bailer shell, the central openwork turtle shell section held in place by an old Colonial ceramic button;an early introduced trade bead. This example most likely belonged to a man of high status amongst the community, and was obviously an important piece we feel due to there being a skilful native repair to the shell section using bark fibre binding. Early 20th Century, in excellent condition. Custom mounted. Formerly from an Australian Private Collection, there is evidence of an old collection label on the front bailer shell.

Diameter: 9 cm or 3.5 inches.
Price: SOLD

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Ancient Fijian Throwing Club “Ula” – tc52

Category: Adornments

Fiji

A fine example of this style of Fijian club. Dense wood; the distal end beautifully carved with deep fissures around the bulbous head tapering down to the slender handle which is adorned with “Tavatava” motif worn down from extensive handling prior to collection. This is a little gem, and just holding it you get a feel for the real damage that it would do……….and maybe has done. Deep old glossy patina, with a small section of depredation on the reverse of the handle in overall excellent condition. Circa 18th/ early 19th Century. Custom Mounted.

Ex Dirk Hudig Collection New Zealand.

Height: 43 cm or 17 inches
Price:Sold

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Coastal Sepik Woven War Ornament – bf570

Category: Adornments

North Coast, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

A woven coastal Boiken ornament. Skilfully woven split cane structure, with introduced wire probably from electrical cable in stylised crocodile form. This wire would have replaced cassowary quills, and is a fine display of Melanesian adaptation to modern materials. Nassa shell fringing, and two larger cowrie shells on either side. Worn traditionally in the mouth clamped between the teeth during warfare, however these days more often as an adornment during sing sings. Mounted on a custom stand. Mid 20th Century.

Width: 21 cm or 8.25 inches.
Length: 14 cm or 5.5 inches
Price: $400.00 AUD

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