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1 Figural sculpture

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Figural sculpture, Indonesia - Borneo, Iban

Indonesia - Borneo, Iban

wood, blackish brown patina, crude carved, terrific face with a large opened teeth revealing mouth, arms and legs carved in flat relief, min. traces of insect caused damage, paint rubbed off, on base

H: 33 cm; L: 33 cm
H: 13 inch; L: 13 inch

Provenance
Robert Banks, Washington, USA

Price: 1200 - 2000 €

2 Spoon

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Spoon, Philippines - Ifugao

Philippines - Ifugao

wood, partly shiny, dark brown patina, handle in shape of a standing figure, min. dam., slight traces of abrasion

L: 32 cm
L: 12.6 inch

Literature
Newton, Douglas (ed.), Arts of the South Seas, München, London, New York 1999, p. 148, ill. 6

Sold.

3 Baby carrier

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Baby carrier, Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

wooden seat with half-circular backrest of fine plant fibre plait, adorned with geometrical patterns in red, green and dark brown, plaited carrying straps, old collection badge "W235", slightly dam., fixation with cord loose in some areas

H: 32 cm
H: 12.6 inch

Provenance
Alex Arthur, Brussels, Belgium
Dave DeRoche, San Francisco, USA

Price: 600 - 1200 €

4 Small charm figure

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Small charm figure, Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

Indonesia - Borneo, Dayak

wood, dark brown patina, remains of pigments, sitting with crossed legs, the right hand resting on the chest, surmounted by a small animal on top, min. dam., on base

H: 7,5 cm, coll. in situ in the 1970's
H: 3 inch, coll. in situ in the 1970's

Provenance
John Barker, California, USA

Sold.

5 Plaited cuff

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Plaited cuff, Indonesia - Moluccas - Aru Island

Indonesia - Moluccas - Aru Island

fine netting of plaited pandanus leaves, painted ornaments in dark brown, old collection number in white paint "26 - 124"

H: 19,5 cm; B: 25,5 cm, coll. around 1900
H: 7.7 inch; B: 10 inch, coll. around 1900

Provenance
H. J. A. Raedt von Oldenbarnevelt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Christie's Amsterdam 1983, "...and an important Collection of Tribal Art from the Indonesian Archipelago, from the late H. J. A. Raedt van Oldenbarnevelt, formed ca. 1900 and loaned to The Tropeninstituut, Amsterdam, in 1915", lot 395 f.

Literature
De Jonge, Nico, Vergeten Eilanden, Amsterdam 1995, p. 150

Price: 600 - 1200 €

6 Suspension hook

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Suspension hook, Indonesia - Nias

Indonesia - Nias

wood, blackish brown patina, encrusted in some areas, narrow lancet-shaped base with a sitting male ancestor figure superimposed, a horn-like hook underneath, slightly dam., crack

H: 21,5 cm
H: 8.5 inch

Provenance
Jaap Hillenius, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sold.

7 Closing panel of a grave

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Closing panel of a grave, Indonesia - Sulawesi, Toraja

Indonesia - Sulawesi, Toraja

wood, greyish brown patina, small remains of black paint, the stylized head of a water buffalo incised, the central column presumably symbolizing the World Tree, shell disc ornaments, square hole in the centre, slightly dam., traces of weathering, cracks, minor missing parts, on metal base; Toraja tombs are of two types. In some cases, portrait sculptures of the deceased stand in cliffside galleries. In others, the remains are placed in small caves in the rock which are sealed by a hardwood door like the present one. In many cases the entire surface is carved as the simple emblematic image of a buffalo head, rich in connotations of rank and wealth.

M: 42 x 39 cm
M: 42 x 15.4 inch

Provenance
Coll. Hubert Berke, Köln-Rodenkirchen, Germany (painter, in 1932 one of the last scholars of Paul Klee at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf)

Literature
Barbier, Jean Paul, Newton, D. (ed.), Islands and Ancestors, München 1988, p. 260 f.

Price: 3500 - 6000 €

8 Medicine receptacle "perminaken"

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Medicine receptacle "perminaken", Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak

Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba - Batak

wood, fine reddish brown shiny patina, bamboo, lid with equestrian figure, beautiful detail: the figures back of the head carved with a lizard-like being in flat relief, slightly dam., cracks (left side of the head, receptacle); used by sorcerers to keep magical material called "pupuk" or lime.

H: 25 cm
H: 9.8 inch

Provenance
Coll. August Flick, Cologne, Germany

Literature
Sibeth, Achim, Mit den Ahnen leben, Stuttgart 1990, p. 138 f.

Sold.

9 Amulette

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Amulette, Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba Batak

Indonesia - Sumatra, Toba Batak

bone, fine incised magical sayings and paintings, blackened

L: 40 cm
L: 15.7 inch

Literature
Sibeth, Achim, Mit den Ahnen leben, Stuttgart 1990, p. 109

Sold.

10 Ceremonial banner "palepai"

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Ceremonial banner "palepai", Indonesia - Sumatra, Lampung, Paminggir

Indonesia - Sumatra, Lampung, Paminggir

cotton, silk, beige coloured fond, richly embroidered, the yarns coloured reddish brown with "menkudu"- root ("morinda citrifolia"), yellow with turmeric ("curcuma domestica") and blue with indigo ("indigofera"), a stylized ship in the centre, carrying ancestral passengers, borders with delicate patterns on either side, min. dam.; restricted to the leaders of high-ranking noble families and clans, "palepai" were ceremonial wall hangings. Displayed on the right wall of the inner room of noble houses, "palepai" served as a backdrop for the principle figure, or figures, during important rites of passage, such as the naming of a child, circumcisions, marriages, funerals, and ceremonies marking advancements in social rank. The most widespread motifs on "palepai", as here, are stylized ships - otherworldly conveyances whose use perhaps symbolized the transition of the individual from one state to another.

L: 248 cm; B: 64 cm, ~ 1900
L: 97.6 inch; B: 25.2 inch, ~ 1900

Provenance
August Flick, Cologne, Germany

Sold.

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