Selected Objects

Tami Islands ceremonial spoon

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Tami Islands ceremonial spoon

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A TAMI ISLAND MASTERPIECE

A 19th Century ritual spoon from Tami Islands, Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea.

This spoon made by a Tami Islands master carver is very rare with a magnificent ancestor figure standing on top of the handle. The stylized legs of the figure is both legs and body of a fish curved in a circle. The spoon has also a very fine carved ancestor head on the middle part. The powerful ancestor figure combined with excellent craftmanship and balance gives this object a very strong expression.

The patina from long time usage is fantastic, figure and head encrusted with a thick layer of very glossy patina.

Excellent condition.

We are happy to introduce this earlier unknown masterpiece.

The spoon is now published in the catalog " Between the Known and Unknown: New Guinea Art from Astrolabe Bay to Morobe". Edited by Michael Hamson, 2016. 

H. 55 cm,  21,65 in

First 6 photos on the spoon by Frédéric Dehaen, who took the photos for the catalog.

Price on request

 

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