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.
48 cm wide x 86 cm high and approx. 5 cm thick
A carved figure of woman and child held on a more recent wire stand. Possibly Indian.
13 cm x 12 cm x 50 cm
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.