Tongan war clubs are weapons usually known by the term ‘akau, which means stave. Tongan clubs are one of the few instantly classic and easily identifiable artifacts from Polynesia. They were widely collected from the period of James Cook’s voyages in the 1770s onwards, and reflect the militaristic collecting interests of sailors and traders, as well as a vigorous demand for non-western weapons in the European curiosities markets.‘Akau, along with spears, were the principal weapons of war in Tonga up until the middle of the 19th century, despite the introduction of firearms from western sailors and traders from the late 18th century onwards.… Read More
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Join us for an informal tour of auction highlights
Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM
Join specialist Michael R. Evans from our American Indian & Ethnographic department for an informal tour of highlights for the May 5th auction of 380 lots of impressive examples of American Indian & Ethnographic craftsmanship. All are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.… Read More
BOSTON, MA (November 20, 2017) – Michael Evans joins Skinner as the new Director of Tribal Arts. He brings global experience of many kinds to one of the most international of Skinner’s specialty departments, which offers a rich variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.
Evans was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with a concentration in art history.… Read More
BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection, featuring American Indian art. The 132 lots being offered on February 10 in Boston were acquired primarily in the 1980s when the selection was broad. In addition to its high quality, the material in the auction has the attraction of being fresh to the market.
Philip and Patricia Marco formed a film production company in the 1970s which would eventually become one of the premier television production companies in the United States, producing hundreds of award-winning projects.… Read More
Skinner is proud to present a single-owner auction of The Van Kirke and Helen Nelson Collection of American Indian Art. While the Nelsons, as Montana residents, emphasized material from the Blackfeet and Crow tribes, their collection encompasses fine examples from a broad cross-section of Plains and Plateau American Indian material culture.