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BOOK: Islands and Ancestors: Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia. 1988.

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  I was able to acquire another LIKE NEW copy of this valuable resource book. A full 364 pages with numerous illustrations and photographs.   The Metropolitan Museum of Art with editors: Douglas Newton and Jean Barbier.   This is an excellent coffee table book or a research book on your professional bookshelf.

Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies . . . enemies who might have stolen livestock or crops from another. Used infrequently but ONLY for the purpose of killing a person. The head of the arrow is about 14” long and an inch… Continue reading

Bone Arrow / Spear / Weapon Handcarved from Nimo Tribe, Aria River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies. It’s head is made of bone. The original owner is a member of the Nimo Tribe located on the Aria River, a tributary of the May River. Specifically used to hunt HUMANS, but not that… Continue reading

Wood Cermonial Water Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a “safe passage” mask and it is displayed in ceremonies to placate and pacify dangerous water spirits (whirlpools, upsetting canoes, pulling paddlers out of the boat, etc.). Shell eyes and orange accents with a very high forehead and the connection of the nose to… Continue reading

Wood Ceremonial Mei Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Very incised Mei Mask from Iatmul. Lots of painted scrolling ornament on the face and the famous curved nose adjoining the chin feature (with a serpent head at the chin). The red and white pigment is still present over all the mask. These masks (also… Continue reading

Wood Pole Kambot Ancestor Spirit Mask, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Bold ancestor spirit mask from a Kambot village, Lower Sepik River in New Guinea. The knob at the bottom is for holding during dance rituals and ceremonies. Cassowary feathers surround the face. Collected in the early 1970’s. In excellent condition. Stand not included. This item is no longer available.
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