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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8527

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    Solomon Islands Comb (Faa) & Original Palm Leaf Wrapping

    Kwaio People, Malaita, Solomon Islands
    early 20th century

    length: 18.5cm, width: 7cm, combined weight: 23g

    Provenance

    from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

    8529

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      Solomon Islands Small Pectoral Pendant (Tafi or Dafe)

      Solomon Islands
      early 20th century

      length: 9.3cm, weight: 25g

      Provenance

      from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

      8540

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        Solomon Islands Gold Lipped Pearl Shell Pendant with attached Shell Currency Strands

        Solomon Islands
        early 20th century

        length (of shell): 7cm, width: 6.7cm, weight: 26g

        Provenance

        from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

        8542

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          Solomon Islands Engraved Shell Pendants with Shell Currency Strands

          Solomon Islands
          early 20th century

          length (of the largest shell pendant): 5.8cm, weight: 92g

          Provenance

          from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

          8543

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            Solomon Islands Carved Clam Shell & Seed Necklace

            Solomon Islands
            early 20th century

            width (of shell pendant): 8.5cm, weight: 99g

            Provenance

            from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

            8544

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              Large Solomon Islands Pectoral Pendant (Tafi or Dafe)

              Solomon Islands
              early 20th century

              length: 19cm, weight: 112g

              Provenance

              from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

              8545

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                Solomon Islands Engraved Shell Pendants with Shell Currency Strands

                Solomon Islands
                early 20th century

                length (of the largest pendant): 6.6cm, weight: 98g

                Provenance

                from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

                8546

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                  Solomon Islands Large Pectoral Pendant (Tafi or Dafe)

                  Solomon Islands
                  early 20th century

                  length: 20.7cm, weight: 190g

                  Provenance

                  from the estate collection of a former London museum curator

                  7246

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                    Fijian Carved Wooden Bowl, possibly a Priest’s Dish

                    Fiji
                    19th century & possibly earlier

                    length: 53.2cm, width: 19cm, depth: approximately 8cm, weight: 1,105g

                    Provenance

                    UK art market; private UK collection

                    8526

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                      Solomon Islands Turtleshell & Carved Abalone Shell Trolling Lure Fish Hook

                      Solomon Islands, probably Malaita Island
                      19th century

                      length: 7.9cm, width: 1.4cm, weight: 5g

                      Provenance

                      from the estate collection of a former London museum curator.

                      7202

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                        New Hebrides Abalone Shell & Turtleshell Trolling Lure Fish Hook

                        New Hebrides (Vanuatu)
                        19th century

                        length: 7.5cm, width: 1.9cm, weight: 13g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market; UK private collection.

                        7256

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                          Maori Trolling Lure Fish Hook (Pa Kahawai)

                          Maori People, New Zealand
                          18th-19th century

                          length (without cord): 14.8cm, width: 2cm, weight: 20g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market; UK private collection.

                          7247

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                            Fijian Trolling Lure Fish Hook (Bayaloyalo)

                            Fiji
                            early-to-mid 19th century

                            length: approximately 10.2cm, width: 1.4cm, weight: 8g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market; UK private collection.

                            1984

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                              Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments, dated 1859

                              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

                                                              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.

                                                                  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