Lot 81 - The Todd Barlin Collection Part III Oceanic Art - Sale as0569

Lot 81
An Important Collection of Old Glass Earrings from Geelvink Bay, North Coast, West Papua, Indonesia [14],
these glass earrings were collected on the Waropen Coast & Geelvink Bay along the North Coast of West Papua during several trips there in 1985-86. Called "dimbo" in local Warpoen language, they were an important type of traditional wealth used for bride payments & compensation payments
Dia 4-6 cm

Swadling, P., Wagner, R., & Laba, B. Plumes from paradise: trade cycles in outer Southeast Asia & their impact on New Guinea & nearby islands until 1920. Papua New Guinea National Museum in association with Robert Brown & Associates Queensland, 1996

Ornament Magazine dated them as 13th Century Javanese made

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. Some glass bangles are of great antiquity, and 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 these earrings & bangles as seen in lot 80 of this catalogue
Estimate $600-800

Sold for $500

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