Skinner to Host an American Indian & Tribal Art Auction Online on January 6

African Carved Wood Ibeji Doll, Yoruba (Lot 50, Estimate $400-$600)

African Carved Wood Ibeji Doll, Yoruba (Lot 50, Estimate $400-$600)

Marlborough, Mass. – December 30, 2014– Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of American Indian & Tribal Art—Online  beginning January 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST and concluding on January 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Ideal for both seasoned and new collectors, the sale features a variety of items ranging from Plains Indian beadwork and Navajo jewelry and textiles to New Guinea artifacts and prehistoric stone material.

Tribal Art

Tribal art offerings include several fine utilitarian items from New Guinea, including Lime containers made of bamboo, gourd, and bone (Lots 28, 29).  Also offered is a fine selection of tribal weapons with strong visual and historic appeal, including several groups of intricately decorated Bone Daggers  (Lots 34, 35, 36); a group of three Spears made from bamboo, wood and rattan (Lot 38, $200 $250); and a wooden Bow with eleven Arrows (Lot 39, $250 – $350). Musical instruments from New Guinea are also represented, including a Sepik River side-blown trumpet with human head finial and a Massim area hardwood drum (Lot 32, $200 – $250).

African Art

African items of note consist of headdresses (Lots 51-53), weapons (Lots 55-59), a group of Ashanti wooden stools (Lots 61-65), and several lots of masks, including a stunning Head Crest Mask from Sierra Leone made from gourds and porcupine quills (Lot 44, $200-$250).

Senufo Fire Spitter Helmet Mask (Lot 47, Estimate $200-$500)

Senufo Fire Spitter Helmet Mask (Lot 47, Estimate $200-$500)

American Indian Art

Plains Indian beadwork includes several pairs of moccasins, two pipebags (Lots 80, 81), a Cheyenne Cloth and Hide Cradle (Lot 82, $300 -$400) and a fine Plains Buffalo Effigy Catlinite Pipe Bowl by “Standing Eagle” (Lot 83, $300 -$400).

Woodlands Indian items include Two Framed Huron Moose Hair-embroidered Cloth Panels from the mid-19th century (Lot 98, $800 -$1,200), a Cree Multicolored Wool Assumption Sash with traditional “arrow” design (Lot 99, $600 -$800) and prehistoric stone points and drills from Ohio (Lots 102-107).

Three Zuni Inlaid Items – two brooches with dancer and Kachina designs and a finely inlaid Kachina ring (Lot 138,$300 -$400) – highlight a selection of Southwest jewelry, including several necklaces and a fine Navajo Silver and Turquoise Bracelet (Lot 143, $300 – $400) .

One of three Zuni Inlaid Items (Lot 138, Estimate $300-$400)

One of three Zuni Inlaid Items (Lot 138, Estimate $300-$400)

A fine selection of Navajo weavings with eye-catching geometric designs round out the sale (Lots 154, 160, 163, 170,); highlighting the group is a predominantly red Navajo weaving made from natural and synthetic dyed homespun wool, with serrate diamond grid pattern (Lot 166, $800 $1,200).

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Douglas Deihl
Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art

One thought on “Skinner to Host an American Indian & Tribal Art Auction Online on January 6

  1. I love to find vintage items that are rare and unique in the world. I am very impressed to see this nice vintage collection. I want to add some rare items in my collection so I will definitely join this fair. Thanks to share this auction information with us.

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