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March 14, 2015 10:00AMCalender

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  • Papua New Guinea Fiber Pectoral

    Lot: 1
    Sold for: $369$300

    Papua New Guinea Fiber Pectoral, the elaborate form edged in nassa shells, with two shell terminals and blue and red pigments, patina of long use, 14 x 14 in. more ...

  • Four New Guinea Ornaments

    Lot: 2
    Sold for: $185$150

    Four New Guinea Ornaments, two painted fiber pectorals with nassa shell edging, one with bear tusks, and two shell pendants with incised decoration at the tail end, (the latter two showing much more ...

  • Two New Guinea Ornaments

    Lot: 3
    Sold for: $246$200

    Two New Guinea Ornaments, a pectoral of woven fiber, dog teeth, and nassa shell edging, and an armband of boar tusks with cloth and fiber strap, lg. of pectoral 14 in. more ...

  • Three New Guinea Shell Necklaces

    Lot: 4
    Sold for: $338$275

    Three New Guinea Shell Necklaces, one with woven fiber base, patina of long use, (largest missing a few shells), lg. to 27 in. more ...

  • Four New Guinea Items

    Lot: 5
    Unsold  

    Four New Guinea Items, two split rattan and nassa shell-decorated armbands, and two fiber, bone, and nassa shell items, a hair ornament and possibly a spatula, with red and blue pigment, lg. to 13 more ...

  • New Guinea Clay Bowl

    Lot: 6
    Sold for: $215$175

    New Guinea Clay Bowl, with conical bottom, form completely covered with elaborate scroll designs, ht. 8, dia. 10 in. more ...

  • New Guinea Carved Wood Food Platter

    Lot: 7
    Sold for: $338$275

    New Guinea Carved Wood Food Platter, Murik Lakes area, the bottom with abstract faces in a central four-point star design, (cracks), dia. 18 1/2 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess more ...

  • Massim Lime Spatula

    Lot: 8
    Sold for: $584$475

    Massim Lime Spatula, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, with curvilinear designs and Janus heads, lg. 14 1/2 in. more ...

  • New Guinea Bone and Rattan Harpoon Head

    Lot: 9
    Sold for: $338$275

    New Guinea Bone and Rattan Harpoon Head, carved from a crocodile jawbone, dark patina, lg. 11 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • New Guinea Kundu Drum

    Lot: 10
    Sold for: $369$300

    New Guinea Kundu Drum, Tinuka Village, Mimika Tribe, hourglass form with carved thorny lizard motif and original tympanum, ht. 21 1/2 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • Two Massim Carved Wood Finger Drums

    Lot: 11
    Sold for: $554$450

    Two Massim Carved Wood Finger Drums, with stylized birds at the handle, incised decoration, one with tympanum, ht. to 16 in. more ...

  • New Guinea Clay Head

    Lot: 12
    Unsold  

    New Guinea Clay Head, with stylized face and punctuate decoration overall, traces of white, blue, and red/brown pigment, ht. 8 3/4 in. Provenance: Milton and Ruby Fox collection. more ...

  • Sepik River Boar's Head

    Lot: 13
    Sold for: $308$250

    Sepik River Boar's Head, pig skull over-modeled with clay and decorated with various shells, hair, and feathers, (remnant red/brown pigment), lg. 11 in. more ...

  • Two New Guinea Fiber and Shell Bride Price Payments

    Lot: 14
    Sold for: $308$250

    Two New Guinea Fiber and Shell Bride Price Payments, Boiken, Sepik River, one a polychrome Janus mask, both with fiber masks, attached to ancient shells, ht. to 14 in. more ...

  • New Guinea Carved Wood Ancestral Mask

    Lot: 15
    Sold for: $800$650

    New Guinea Carved Wood Ancestral Mask, Vokeo Island, Schouten group, stylized human face, red and brown pigment, ht. 21 1/2 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • Sepik River Flute Stopper Figure

    Lot: 16
    Sold for: $2,829$2,300

    Sepik River Flute Stopper Figure, Mundugamor, Yuat River, New Guinea, stylized human figure with fiber attachments, blackened surface, cowrie shell eyes, ht. 20 1/2 in. Provenance: Leo and more ...

  • New Guinea Carved Wood Ancestor Mask

    Lot: 17
    Sold for: $615$500

    New Guinea Carved Wood Ancestor Mask, Mindibit, Middle Sepik River area, stylized human face, traces of red pigment, ht. 26 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • Sepik River Carved Wood Charm

    Lot: 18
    Sold for: $369$300

    Sepik River Carved Wood Charm, a male figure with blackened surface in a finger-woven fiber bag with shell decoration, ht. 6 1/2 in. more ...

  • Two New Guinea Coconut Items

    Lot: 19
    Sold for: $154$125

    Two New Guinea Coconut Items, a Sepik River spirit whistle with incised decoration, and a spoon with anthropomorphic handle from Purari delta area, Papuan Gulf, lg. of spoon 5 1/4 in. Provenance: more ...

  • Iatmul Orator's Stool

    Lot: 20
    Sold for: $677$550

    Iatmul Orator's Stool, East Sepik province, Papua New Guinea, with ancestral figure functioning as support, painted detail, (cracks, wood loss), ht. 51 in. Note: Collected in the late 1960s. more ...

  • New Guinea War Shield

    Lot: 21
    Sold for: $308$250

    New Guinea War Shield, Lower Sepik River area, convex form relief-carved with abstract faces and curvilinear devices, painted details, ht. 61 1/2, wd. 8 1/4 in. Note: Collected in the 1960s. more ...

  • Sepik Gable Figure

    Lot: 22
    Sold for: $1,968$1,600

    Sepik Gable Figure, Iatmul, Middle Sepik, human figure standing on a raised dome base, surmounted by a large bird with stylized wings, remnant red, black, white, and yellow pigment, dark patina, ht. more ...

  • Sepik River Carved Wood Possible Skull Rack

    Lot: 23
    Sold for: $1,968$1,600

    Sepik River Carved Wood Possible Skull Rack, c. first half 20th century, with central splayed female form extending to phallic devices and terminating in two stylized fish, the female with shell more ...

  • Asmat Double Figure

    Lot: 24
    Sold for: $2,829$2,300

    Asmat Double Figure, c. first half 20th century, two slender stylized figures with elbows to the knees and hands to the chest, traces of red, black, and white pigment, aged surface, old tag, ht. 31 more ...

  • Two Philippine Carved Wood Figures

    Lot: 25
    Sold for: $1,107$900

    Two Philippine Carved Wood Figures, c. early 20th century, possibly bookends, both seated with hands to the cheeks, with glass eyes, and smoking brass pipes, one wearing a traditional rattan hat and more ...

  • Miao Jacket

    Lot: 26
    Sold for: $584$475

    Miao Jacket, Guizhou Province, China, early 20th century, indigo-dyed cotton cut in a tunic style, panels on the back and shoulders featuring cotton applique and silk braided embroidery in a dense more ...

  • Massim Figural Mortar

    Lot: 27
    Sold for: $400$325

    Massim Figural Mortar, with incised geometric detail, appears to have possibly been varnished at some time, (cracks), ht. 22 in. more ...

  • Solomon Islands Carved Wood Chief's Staff

    Lot: 28
    Sold for: $1,353$1,100

    Solomon Islands Carved Wood Chief's Staff, Melanesian Mission, with seated human finial and shell inlay, (some missing), lg. 37 1/4 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • Solomon Islands Paddle Club

    Lot: 29
    Sold for: $1,046$850

    Solomon Islands Paddle Club, c. 19th century, the graceful form with dark patina, (wood loss), lg. 42 1/2 in. Provenance: Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...

  • Solomon Islands Carved Wood War Club

    Lot: 30
    Sold for: $923$750

    Solomon Islands Carved Wood War Club, "Alafolo," with highly stylized face and geometric designs, lg. 41 in. Provenance: C. Yacoe collection; Leo and Lillian Fortess collection. more ...