Our catalogue > Tribal Art – Oceania

The ‘tribal’ arts of New Guinea, Fiji, the Maori of New Zealand and other Oceanic cultures are to be found on this page.

All pieces are for sale, and each has been selected for its artistic merit, patina and provenance.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

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1988

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Ceremonial Fijian Wooden Four-Tined ‘Cannibal’ Fork

Fiji
early 19th century

length: 24.6cm

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Provenance

private collection, Guernsey.

2992

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Rare Massim Double Pedestal Cup with Spirit Figures

Massim People, Trobiand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
20th century

height: 70.5cm, diameter of bowl: 20.5cm

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Provenance

private collection, UK

4755

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Unusual Massim Carved, Wooden Lime Spatula Shaped as a Hornbill

Massim People, Tobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

length: 38.3cm

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Provenance

UK art market

2940

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Fijian Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)

Fiji
18th-early 19th century

length: 42cm

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Provenance

UK art market; private UK collection.

2746

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Rare Solomon Islands Ceremonial Child’s Dance Wand or Staff (Napa)

Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
circa 1900

length: 75.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market

2181

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Life-sized Sepik Ancestor Figure

Sepik Region, New Guinea
late 19th century

height: 165cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

4647

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Large, Ceremonial ‘Prestige’ Axe with Greenstone Blade

New Guinea Highlands, probably Wahgi People
early 1900s

length: 56cm x 55cm

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Provenance

UK art market; most probably has been in the UK since colonial times

3727

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Kimberley Point Aboriginal Spear Head

Aboriginal People, possibly the Bunuba People, Kimberley Region, Northern Western Australia
late 19th-early 20th century

entire length: 18.8cm, length of (exposed) head: 3.5cm, width: 2.6cm

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Provenance

private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

1595

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Rare Solomon Islands Christian Altar Cross Inlaid with Pearl Shell

Solomon Islands
circa 1900

height: 62cm, width: 33cm, depth: 19.5cm

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Provenance

Adam Prout, London.

2159

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Carved Seated Massim Protective Figure with Lime Inlay

Massim People, Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
late 19th – early 20th century

height: 39.5cm

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Provenance

acquired by the previous owner from Bill Evans, Caspian Gallery, Sydney; collected during the 1930s.

1474

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Stained Kina Shell Necklace

Southern Highlands, New Guinea
early 20th century

width: 20cm, height: 16cm

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Provenance

acquired on the UK art market, and probably has been in the UK since colonial times.

1984

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Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments

New Guinea
collected in 1859

maximum diameter of each: 7cm

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Provenance

UK art market; private collection, UK.

2096

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Very Fine Man’s Woven Comb (Faa)

Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
19th or early 20th century

height: 20cm, width: 5.5cm

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Provenance

UK art market

1030

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Sepik Green Nephrite Adze Blade

Middle Sepik River, New Guinea
19th century or earlier

height: 24cm, width at widest point: 10.8cm, weight: 1.048kg

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Provenance

Acquired on the UK art market and most probably has been in the UK since the colonial era.

850

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Whale’s Tooth Tabua with Sinnet Cord

Fiji
late 19th century

length of tooth: 10.5cm

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Provenance

UK private collection

1032

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Aboriginal Mulga Wood Spear Thrower (Woomera)

Australia
circa 1940

height: 77cm, width: 11cm

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Provenance

UK art market.

2184

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Sepik Kominimung Shield

Pora Pora or Bien River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 117cm, width: 46cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2183

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Sepik Yipwon Spirit Figure

Yimam People, Korewari River Area, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century or earlier

height: 86cm (height with stand: 103cm), width: 14cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2187

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Sepik Samban Hook Figure

Italmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 97cm, width: 30cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

2182

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Sepik Lime Container in the form of a Rooster on a Crocodile

Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.

3391

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Aboriginal Pineapple Pandanus Head Battle Club

Central Queensland, Australia
early 20th century

length: 72.5cm, weight: 541g

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Provenance

UK art market

2185

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Sepik Earthenware Roof Ridge Tile with Pigments

Chambri Lakes, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century

height: 42cm, width: 25.5cm

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Provenance

Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the early 20th century.