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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2621

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    Oceanic Carved Wooden Bowl

    Pacific Islands, possibly Marquesas Islands
    19th century and possibly earlier

    length: 14.7cm, width: 8.3cm, height: 5.8cm, weight: 78g

    Provenance

    private collection, London.

    1984

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      Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments

      New Guinea
      collected in 1859

      maximum diameter of each: 7cm

      Provenance

      UK art market; private collection, UK.

      7020

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        Fijian Tapa Bark Cloth Beater (Ike ni Masi)

        Fiji, probably Viti Levu Highlands region
        late 18th century

        length: 36.4cm, weight: 771g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        6522

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          Maori Greywacke Club (Patu Onewa)

          Maori People, New Zealand
          18th century

          length: 37.2cm, width: 9.4cm, weight: 1,109g

          Provenance

          private collection, London, UK; prior to that, Christie's Paris, December 2003.

          2181

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            Life-sized Sepik Ancestor Figure

            Sepik Region, New Guinea
            late 19th century

            height: 165cm

            Provenance

            Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, collected by de Sales McHugh in the first half of the 20th century.

            6529

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              Superb, Early Aboriginal Spear Thrower (Woomera)

              Aboriginal People, Western Australia, probably the Western Kimberleys Region
              19th century

              height: 62.5cm, width: 8cm, weight: 288g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              6521

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                Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

                Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
                circa 1900

                indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

                Provenance

                private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

                4236

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                  Early New Guinea Wooden & Bone Mace or Club

                  Papua New Guinea, probably Sepik region
                  19th century and possibly earlier

                  length: 64.2cm, diameter of head: 9cm, weight: 190g

                  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

                    Provenance

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

                    5443

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                      Early, Carved Wooden Massim Sword Club or Lime Spatula

                      Massim area, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
                      18th-19th century

                      length: 62.5cm, width at widest point: 8cm

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      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

                        Provenance

                        private collection, UK

                        5973

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                          Maori Curved Nephrite Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

                          Maori People, New Zealand
                          early 20th century

                          length: 15.2cm, weight: 38.19g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          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

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            2940

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                              Fijian Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)

                              Fiji
                              18th-early 19th century

                              length: 42cm

                              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

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                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

                                  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

                                    Provenance

                                    Adam Prout, London.

                                    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

                                      Provenance

                                      UK art market

                                      1030

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                                        Sepik Green-Grey Nephrite Adze Blade

                                        Middle Sepik River, New Guinea
                                        19th century or earlier

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

                                        Provenance

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

                                        1032

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                                          Aboriginal Mulga Wood Spear Thrower (Woomera)

                                          Aboriginal People, Central Australia
                                          circa 1940

                                          height: 77cm, width: 11cm

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          2184

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                                            Sepik Kominimung Shield

                                            Pora Pora or Bien River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
                                            first half of the 20th century

                                            height: 117cm, width: 46cm

                                            Provenance

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

                                            2183

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                                              Sepik Yipwon Spirit Figure

                                              Yimam People, Korewari River Area, Papua New Guinea
                                              first half of the 20th century

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

                                              Provenance

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

                                              2187

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                                                Sepik Samban Hook Figure

                                                Italmul People, Middle Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
                                                first half of the 20th century

                                                height: 97cm, width: 30cm

                                                Provenance

                                                Francis de Sales McHugh Collection, and thence by descent, collected by de Sales McHugh in the first half of the 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
                                                  first half of the 20th century

                                                  length: 68cm

                                                  Provenance

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

                                                  3391

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                                                    Aboriginal Pineapple Pandanus Head Battle Club

                                                    Central Queensland, Australia
                                                    early 20th century

                                                    length: 72.5cm, weight: 541g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    UK art market