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Auction 2791B

March 14, 2015 10:00AM

03-14-2015 03-14-2015

63 Park Plaza, Boston

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Lots

Papua New Guinea Fiber Pectoral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...