Lot 69 - The Todd Barlin Collection Part III Oceanic Art - Sale AS0569


Lot 69
Five Rare Old Ceremonial Stone Axe Blades, Torres Strait Islands, then traded to Kiwai Island, Fly River Area, PNG, 19th Century or earlier [5],
these old ceremonial stones were part of a complex trade relationship between the Torres Strait people & the people of Kiwai Island at the mouth of the Fly River near mainland Papua New Guinea. These types of stones were seen on Kiwai Island in the late 19th Century
L 16-25 cm

These ceremonial stones are the subject of a paper:
McNiven, Ian J. 'Stone axes as grave markers on Kiwai Island, Fly River Delta, Papua New Guinea', Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 2016 vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 74-83
Estimate $600-800

Sold for $450

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