Two Superb Old Pigs Tusk Ornaments from Papua New Guinea
|Size||28cm & 35cm|
Two Superb Old Pigs Tusk Ornaments from Papua New Guinea and dating from the 19th Century. These old Ornaments are objects of prestige and are also a form of traditional wealth & currency.
Beautifully made with old Pigs Tusks that were pierced individually for suspension and finely bound with tree bark string.
The larger one on the left in the photo is from Amanab Area in the West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea and it is an important type of ornament that can only be worn by a warrior who has killed an enemy ( this is in pre-contact times).
The one on the right in the photo has an old Christies auction label but its unknown what part of New Guinea it is from, it also was part of The Elizabeth Pryce Collection of Oceanic Art.
The people of the Highlands of New Guinea their artistic expression was mainly in the form of elaborate body decorations & paint. Men & women would decorate themselves with woven & shell & teeth ornaments & importantly boars tusks & Pigs Teeth.
Pigs are an important type of traditional wealth for the people of Papua New Guinea, Pigs were always at the center of bonding tribal clan groups into alliances and marriages where pigs were killed and distributed and debts were owed in pigs in the future.
Provenance: The Todd BArtlin Collection of Oceanic Art
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