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A Fine Old New Guinea Arm Guard Marind Anim People West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia

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A Fine Old New Guinea Arm Guard Marind Anim People West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia

This superb large and finely woven rattan Bowman’s Armguard is from the Marind Anima Tribe on the South Coast of West Papua, Irian Jaya Indonesia

This kept an archer’s forearm from getting cut if the bowstring broke which could cut an artery and cause death. Dating from the 19th Century.  I field-collected this fine arm guard in Kuper Village from Gabriel Mahuze, it belonged to his grandfather.

The Marind Amim People I spent a lot of time with the years 1986- 1987, I made over 30 trips to this area of West Papua and was very privileged to be able to see the amazing traditional Dema performances that were seen for the first time since the beginning of the early 20th Century.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic 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 in 1996 (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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