Lot 80 - The Todd Barlin Collection Part III Oceanic Art - Sale AS0569

Lot 80
Five Old Glass Bangles, Lake Sentani Area, West Papua [5],
Papuans had no glass technology, these were obtained from Malay Traders working for the Sultan of Tidore in exchange for Bird of Paradise skins native to the island of New Guinea, the feathers were highly sought after throughout SE Asia, China & Europe
Dia 9-11 cm

Some glass bangles are of great antiquity & are based on glass ornaments from the "Dong Song" bronze age culture of Vietnam (1000 BC to 1 BC). Trade between the Malays & Melanesians had continued for centuries, as evident in the trade goods they left behind such as ancient glass items like earrings and these bangles
Estimate $500-700

Sold for $550

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