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Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection


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Collection No. TB-3365
Size (94 x 33cm)  (92 x 39cm)  (96x 35cm) (99 x 35cm)
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection
Four Rare Nakanai Painted Sago Spathe Panels New Britain Ex Moriarty Collection

Four Rare Sago Spathe Panels Nakanai People New Britain Island the Bismarck Archipelago, part of the Islands Region of Papua New Guinea.

These four beautifully painted panels are a bit of a mystery, they were in the Stan Moriarty Collection in his home in the 1960s, attached is a photo in his home that shows a wall of these paintings at the back of the room and two large circular panels these sago spathe paintings on the ceiling. These four paintings were in Moraiarty’s home at the same time.  There is not much known about these amazing paintings and how they were used in New Britain. They depict ancestor figures wearing elaborate headdresses that are well known in New Britain cultures.  Not much else is known about them and if you have any knowledge about these paintings, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Provenance: Ex Stan Moriarty Collection Sydney Australia in the 1960s.

The John and Marcia Frieda Collection, New York

The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art