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A Fine Old New Guinea Spear Thrower Middle Sepik River Area East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea

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A Fine Old Spear Thrower from the Middle Sepik River Area in East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea

This fine old Spear Thrower is made from a long piece of hollow bamboo with an attached carved wood crocodile figure in the old Sepik style dating from the late 19th Century.  Often the attached wood figures on Spear Throwers survive long after the bamboo shafts are gone and families save them as memories of their grandparents or the bamboo-section is remade to attach the old spear thrower ornament.

These Spear Throwers & their attached ornaments have always been of great interest to me and I have several of just the old wood ornaments in the forms of totemic Birds, Crocodiles & abstract faces.

Provenance: Collected by Albert Gross in the Sepik River area in the 1930s. The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Papua New Guinea Art

I first went to Papua New Guinea in 1985 for an adventure & what I found was that I really enjoyed being with the people of New Guinea, over the next 38 years I spent extensive time spent collecting and documenting traditional art & ceremonies in remote areas of Papua New Guinea & West Papua, The Solomon Islands & Vanuatu & the other Pacific Islands countries. During these travels, I made major collections of New Guinea & Oceanic Art for major Museums and Public Art Galleries

I was honoured by being in the prestigious Louvre Museum Magazine for the collections I made for The Museum of African & Oceanic Art Paris in1996 (now the Musee Quai Branly) for the exhibition “Asmat et Mimika d’ Irian Jaya April 1996 At THE MUSEE NATIONAL des ARTS D’AFRIQUE et d’ OCEANIE, Paris

See all of the links & photos in my new EXHIBITIONS GALLERY and there is the link to the article in the prestigious Louvre Magazine 1996

I have artwork for Museums & Art Galleries but also for collectors at every stage of their collecting. I want to encourage people to explore the fine art of New Guinea & West Papua and the Pacific Islands and to be able to see and touch the artworks in a relaxed and friendly manner in my Sydney Gallery.  I would like to invite you to visit my gallery and see the artworks in person and also look at my website www.oceanicartsaustralia.com  where there are many Galleries & Sub Galleries to explore.

My Gallery of nearly 40 years is the last physical gallery in Sydney that specialises in New Guinea & Oceanic Art. Sydney is just a couple hours’ flight to New Guinea & the Pacific Islands where all of these amazing artworks came from, Australia’s closest neighbours.


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