Lot 9002 - Oceanic & Aboriginal Art | The Knox Collection I - Sale AS0825


Lot 9002
An Asmat Softwood Shield, Per Village, Mani River, Asmat Region, West Papua, Early 1980s,
series of four "BIPANE", shell nose ornaments on face of shield with small ancestor head projecting on a thin neck on top which runs into a crocodile shaped handle running full length of the shield on the reverse. Face immediately below protruding head is that of a "JIARI", (ancestor). Edges heavily trimmed with Sago palm leaf fibre & other leaves. Rich brown ochre & powdered shell white back ground.

Provenance: The Richard Knox Collection. Mr Knox worked in the oil industry based in Singapore and made multiple trips to the Asmat region in the 1970's and 1980's.
158 x 40 cm
Estimate $400-600


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