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Auction of Artifacts from Tribal Cultures Now Open for Bidding 

Ogoni Puppet, Nigeria, Estimate: $3,000-4,000 

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 5, 2018 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Tribal Art online auction, with bidding open through July 11, 2018. With a breadth of material spanning the globe; tribal cultures from American Indian, pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, South-East Asian, and more are available for bidding in an online auction format. 

The Tribal Art online auction includes significant artifacts from  including Inuit and Northwest Coast tribal groups; from the Amazon; a large number from Africa ranging from ceremonial face masks, figures, weapons and jewelry; a large Oceanic contingent of material from New Guinea jewelry to Polynesian pre-contact stone tools and weapons; and a group of Pre-Columbian ceramic figures and vessels.

Auction Highlights:

  • Batak Pair of Male and Female Standing FiguresPagar, Provenance: Private collection, Clinton, Massachusetts; Sotheby’s, New York, November 11, 2004, Lot 5; Mathias Komor, New York., Estimate $2,500-3,500 
  • Shell Bridal Snood, Iatmul, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, fiber with nassa shells and cone shell sections, with other shell pendants, Provenance: Roger Brooks collection; collected by Mark Lissauer from Kanidingai village in 1960., Estimate $700-900 
  • Tukano Basketry Blow Gun Dart Carrier with Blow Gun, early 20th century, dart carrier filled with arrows, Estimate $300-400. 
  • Ogoni Puppet, Nigeria, figure seated on a platform, holding a knife in one hand and a head in another, the articulated jaw moves up and down using a stick which protrudes from the base of the platform, Provenance: Mauricio Lasansky collection, Iowa City., Estimate $3,000-4,000 
  • Easter Island Obsidian Spear PointNihomango, pre-contact period, from the Kenneth P. Emory collection, Honolulu, Hawaii., estimate $800-1,200.

Batak Pair of Male and Female Standing Figures, Estimate: $2,500-3,500.

Previews by appointment will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery. Contact 508.970.3254 or americanindian@skinnerinc.com to schedule an appointment with the American Indian & Ethnographic Art department director, Michael Evans.

The online catalog displays the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Place a bid for the next bidding increment or place a maximum proxy bid. The system will automatically bid competitively up to that price. Experts are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered.

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