Lot 70 - The Todd Barlin Collection Part III Oceanic Art - Sale AS0569


Lot 70
Three Large Old Ceremonial Stone Axe Blades, Torres Strait Islands, traded to Kiwai Island, Fly River Area, PNG 19th Century or earlier [3],
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.
Old Collection New South Wales, late 19th Century
L 22-27 cm

These were the subject of a paper:
McNiven, Ian. '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 $800-1,200

Sold for $950

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