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, 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.

                                        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

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                                          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