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Auction House:Guy Earl-Smith & AntiquityNumber of lots recorded:226
Sale Title:Fine Tribal, Aboriginal Art & International AntiquitiesLots with images:216
Auction Location:SydneyPrices available:89
Date:06/09/2009
LotDescription Price Image
*** A fine ethnographic Southern Highlands shield (mendi), of wood in slender ovoid form, the anterior decorated with incised and stippled motifs, pierced with old cane grip attached, smooth glossy patina, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 121 x 40 cm. ***
*** A Southern Highlands War Shield (mendi), the anterior decorated with polychrome pigments, pierced with rope grip to rear, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 136 x 41 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** A Southern Highlands war shield (mendi), of wood, the anterior with raised medial ridge and decorated with polychrome pigments, pierced with rope grip to rear, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 129 x 41 cm. ***
*** A Southern Highlands war shield (mendi), of wood, the anterior decorated with polychrome pigments, pierced with rope grip to rear, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 113 x 50 cm. ***
*** A fine Southern Highlands shield (mendi), of wood, the anterior with raised medial ridge, decorated with incised geometric motifs and polychrome pigments, pierced with rope grip to rear, old resin repair, usewear evident, Papua New Guinea, 115 x 38 cm. ***
*** A fine Southern Highlands shoulder shield, of wood in classic ovoid form with sectioned apex, the anterior with old resin repair decorated with incised linear motifs and polychrome pigments, pierced with rope grip to rear, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 81 x 33 cm. ***
*** A Superb Ethnographic Kwoma Battle Shield, the cane frame with crocodile hide attached with cane binding complete with coconut shell eyelet guard to the rear, old encrustations, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 162 x 77 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection, ex-collection J Elmslie Note: This shield has been exhibited in the Shields of Oceania exhibition at the Sydney College of the Arts and Arts Society curated by Mr Geoff Carey during the Olympic Arts Festival, September 2000.… ***
*** A superb Wahgi Valley battle shield, of wood in classic robust rectangular form, the convex anterior decorated with polychrome pigments, old cane and resin repair at apex, pierced with cane and rope grip to rear, usewear evident, Papua New Guinea, 159 x 68 cm ***
*** A Fine Wahgi Valley Battle Shield, of wood in robust rectangular form, the convex anterior decorated with polychrome pigments and stippled motifs, pierced with wire, cane and fibre grip to rear, wood and wire attachments, inscribed with white paint, old repairs, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 172 x 57 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** A Transitional Highlands War Shield, of beaten sheet metal the convex anterior with pierced apex, decorated with polychrome trade paints, pierced for grip attachments to rear,Papua New Guinea, 170 x 76 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection, ex-collection New Guinea Arts Australia, acquired from the Sigisup subgroup in the Western Highlands ***
*** An Ethnographic Lumi War Shield, of wood, the convex anterior incised with curvilinear motifs, pierced with cane grip to rear, old resin and earth cover, weathered, usewear evident,Papua New Guinea, 113 x 59 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** A superb Asmat shield, of dense wood in monumental form, the anterior decorated with classic figurative motifs in relief, polychrome pigments, the rear with raised grip, Irian Jaya, 240 x 75 cm. ***
*** An Early Asmat Ancestor Pole (mbis), c.1960s, of wood sculpted in classic openwork form with three superpositioned ancestors, decorated with incised scarification motifs, fibre tassels and remnant polychrome pigments, weathered, Irian Jaya, 225 x 26 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection, ex-collection George MacDonald, Melbourne ***
*** A Fine Asmat Dance Costume (jipaee), of woven cane and fibre with grass tassels, the upper section adorned with wood projections, decorated with polychrome pigments, Kapi Village, West Asmat, Irian Jaya, 125 x 156 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** A Fine Asmat Dance Costume (jipaee), of woven fibre with grass tassels adorned with wood to upper section, decorated with polychrome pigments, Kapi Village, West Asmat, Irian Jaya, 142 x 106 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** A Papuan Gulf Ancestor Sculpture (kakame), of wood in abstract female form, decorated with figurative motifs in relief, polychrome pigments,Papua New Guinea, 108 x 56 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***
*** An ethnographic Washkuk ancestor sculpture (nogwi), c.early 20th century, of wood in the form of a female, decorated with polychrome pigments,Papua New Guinea, 113 x 33 cm. ***
*** An Ethnographic Kwoma Sculpture (yena), of wood in the form of a yam ancestor, resin set shell eyes, the pendulous nose with pierced septum, decorated with polychrome pigments and fibre tassels,Papua New Guinea, 80 x 13 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection, ex-collection Dr Gregory Roberts, acquired during the 1960s. ***
*** A Sepik ancestor sculpture, of wood in large female form decorated with polychrome pigments, remnant resin, Papua New Guinea, 170 x 37 cm. Provenance: from an Australian collection ***
*** An Early Kwoma Architectural Element, c. early 20th Century, of museum significance, the wood section sculpted in with classic ancestor motifs in relief, weathered with old encrustations, mounted,Papua New Guinea, 232 cm. Provenance: From an Australian collection ***