Tribal Ethnic Oceania Carved Breastplate Warrior Beaded

We are (unusually) reticent about commenting on this one. No idea where it is from, or it’s intended purpose. Possibly a breastplate from PNG. Any hints out there in the wide, wide world. Are there any students of ethnic culture that can identify this carving. May we note that the top uprights are partly hinged by secure weaving, indicating that it could be worn and adapt to movement.

Item Measurements

48 cm wide x 86 cm high and approx. 5 cm thick

Price A$160

Tribal Artefacts

A collection of tribal items assembled during a period in PNG over 45 years ago. Plus one Australian bark painting. What follows is some  slightly vague description due to lack of familiarity with these items. 

From left to right. 

1/ Woven grass mask from PNG 90 cms long, some evidence of worn paint. $245

2/ Australian Aboriginal bark painting 37 cms $50. 

3/ Two woven cane masks, the larger 75 cms. PNG. $79 ea. 

4/ A carved story board from the Sepic River district. $150

5/ A painted mask from PNG, straw beard $195.