Below is a progressive catalogue of artifacts and tribal art acquired during the last twenty years in eastern Australia. The Oceanic artifacts would typically have been brought back to Australia by soldiers, government officials and missionaries returning from postings in New Guinea and the Oceanic region.
Some of the oldest and rarest ethnographic artefacts have passed down generationally as heirloom curiosites, often owing their survival to the expansive but precarious open storage area on the 'ground' floor of the traditional high-set 'Queenslander' - a wooden house on un-enclosed high 'stilt' stumps.
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Carved wood, natural ochres
Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea
A superb Gope, deeply carved, with a dramatically raised forehead and nose element. Many of the graphic elements relate to those of some of the oldest recorded pieces from the Papuan Gulf.
Carved hardwood, natural ochres
Hunstein Mountains, Upper Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Dimensions: 72cm. in length
A fine example, deeply carved to give great depth of form and clear visual separation for the respective mask elements.
This piece was collected in the 1970's from this very inaccessible location by Ed Boylan, and retained in his collection until recently.
Washkuk Hills, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
A very sensitively carved figure with the traditional elongated arms, raised bosom, and fore-shortened lower legs combining to form a strong and harmonious, yet perhaps somewhat poignant, demeanour. Clearly projected sexuality befits the initiation rites for which it was made.
Hardwood, natural ochres
Rainforest region, Far North Queensland
Height: 62 cm.
A fine and substantial piece carved from very dense wood: in excellent condition and with relatively stable ochres.
Though not huge, this piece seems to fit more naturally with the ancient and often huge archetypal shields than with the early/mid 20th century production of what were basically miniatures, and not very substantial at all, either in size or feel..