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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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.

    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 early 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

              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.

                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

                                        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