War Shields of New Guinea

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There are numerous different War Shields, from New Guinea which vary mainly depending on the region / tribe they come from.  The aim of this article is to help you recognize and know more about these War Shields, and to appreciate the variety of this wonderful South Pacific art form. The best known shields from Papua New Guinea come from the Highlands but there are a wide variety of different types of War Shields through out New Guinea.

 

I Buy Native Weapons especially those from the south Pacific including War Shields from Papua New Guinea if you want to Sell War Shield then please send me a Jpeg and I will let you know what it is worth

 

War shield being held by a Motu Warrior port moresby region

 

War Shields in Papua New Guinea were used in open conflicts and not in ambush war fare. This is the reason that they were brightly painted with dazzling designs as a form of psychological warfare through tribal intimidation.

 

Not all  War Shields in New Guinea were made as native weapons and some types were used in ceremony. Papua New Guinea shields vary greatly in size as well as design and the following is a visual guide on shields but due to the huge variety throughout the country is not inclusive.

 

 

 

 

War Shields Types by Area

sepik War shield incised with totemic carving

April River Sepik Shield

 

War Shields from astrolab bay in Papua new Guinea

Astrolab Bay Shield

 

War Shields from Collingwood bay

Collingwood Bay Shield

Rare Engan bark war shields

Highlands shield from Enga Province

 

Green River Sepik War Shield

 

antique tribal art shield form the New Guinea Highlands

Mt hagen highlands shield

 

new guinea War shield made from 3 planks from West new Britain

Kandrian Shield WNB Province

 

native shield from karkar island off the Madang coast

Karkar Island War Shield

 

Ramu River war shield

Lower sepik shield murik lakes or lower Ramu river

 

War shield from the lumi area of the West Sepik

Lumi Shield

 

Rare Massim shield with brightly painted front

Massim War shield

May River tribal shield

Southern Highlands Shield from mendi

War Shield from the middle ramu River area

Middle Ramu River Shield

War shield from the telefomin people with typical geometric design

Telefomin War shield

 

More about War Shields

As I mentioned there is a huge variety of New Guinea War Shields and other Native weapons and this is only a starting place. If you have a shield you think may come from Papua New Guinea or from the South pacific please feel free to get in contact with me. The value of shields vary from a couple of hundred dollars to tens of thousands. The value depends on age (the older the better), rarity designs (faces and figures always increase value) and of course condition.

Shields by many people are seen as being just as native weapons but shields from Papua New Guinea can be extremely lovely and they can often be a form of Tribal canvas for some talented artists

Want to know what you War shield or Native Weapon is worth contact me

If you didn’t find the shield you were researching her also try my article on Aboriginal Shield

For a great book on New Guinea Shields please read Shields of Melanesia

Native weapons of the Maori

Native Weapons Fijian War Clubs

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Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry

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Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry

 

There is a huge variety of Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry from the mainland and surrounding islands. These various pieces of jewellery were originally made using neolithic tools like sharks teeth and obsidian . The materials were those found in nature such as shells, teeth, bone, bush fibre, feathers, stone, wood and turtle shell. As soon as Pacific Cultures cam in contact with Europeans they started to incorporate glass trade beads and other European materials. The aim of the article is to look at some of the vast array of Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry with images to help the reader identify specific pieces of Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry and also to develop an appreciation for these miniature masterpieces.

 

 

 

I Buy and Sell Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry and if you have a piece you would like to sell please send me an image. If you have a piece of Ethnic jewellery and just want to know more about it or find out what it is worth feel free to send me an email.

With experience it is possible to identify pieces of New Guinea Adornment and know exactly where it comes from and what and who it was used by. Many pieces of New Guinea Adornment could only worn by people of a certain social rank or status. They often signified to others not only your wealth but your position within society.

The value of a New Guinea Adornment depends on several factors. Physically attractive pieces are of course more valuable than plain pieces. Rare pieces are more valuable than common pieces. The condition is extremely important because restoration  is often nearly impossible. Island Jewellery tends to be more valuable than mainland New Guinea material.

As it would take a very thick book to cover all the New Guinea Adornments the following images are just a some examples of these fascinating artworks

 

Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry

 

Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry.

Nose piece from Rossel island. made from ground down Giant Clam.

traditional papua new guinea jewelry from the gulf

Papuan Gulf Archers Armband from Orokolo. made from conus shell segment beads and bush fibre

 

Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry

Pectoral from the Motu people. Made from pig tusks and fibre

 

Traditional papua new guinea Jewelry

Pectoral from the Lower Sepik. made from dogsteeth nassa shells and Fibre. Painted in ocre and charcoal

 

Marupai magicians charm

Marupai charm from the papuan Gulf. made from carved dwarf coconut in a fibre bag

 

papua new Guinea charm

War Charm from the Admiralty island. made from carved wood friagte bird feathers and bush fibre

 

Bark belt from the papuan Gulf. Carved then painted in lime

Bark belt from the papuan Gulf. Carved then painted in lime

 

phalocrypt or penus cover from the Sepik River. made from drarf coconut and bush fibres

Phalocrypt or penus cover from the Sepik River. made from dwarf coconut and bush fibres.

 

Pig tooth necklace from Kilinge in West New britain. Made from boar tusks cane and fibre

Pig tooth necklace from Kilinge in West New britain. Made from boar tusks cane and fibre

 

Cap from Collingwood bay. made from Jobs tear seeds, nuts and bush fibre

Cap from Collingwood bay. made from Jobs tear seeds, nuts and bush fibre

 

papua new guinea highlands jewelry

Fofona back adornment from the Highlands. made from egg shell cowries bush fibre and nassa shells

 

massim Kula Ear rings from Woodlark island. made from turtle shell spondylus shell and fibre.

massim Kula Ear rings from Woodlark island. made from turtle shell spondylus shell and fibre.

 

 

Due to the sheer volume of material I have more examples of traditional Papua New Guinea jewelry in my article New Guinea Adornments Tribal Jewelry from the Pacific and  Pacific Island Ethnic Jewellery.

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Sepik adornment Papuan Gulf kina shells Papua new guinea headband from collingwood bayArmband from the papuan Gulf papua new guineaturtleshell armband from new guineaPig killing apron from the new guinea highlands

 

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New Guinea Adornment

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New Guinea Adornment

 

There is a huge variety of New Guinea Adornment from the mainland and surrounding islands. These various pieces of jewellery were originally made using neolithic tools like sharks teeth and obsidian . The materials were those found in nature such as shells, teeth, bone, bush fibre, feathers, stone, wood and turtle shell. As soon as Pacific Cultures cam in contact with Europeans they started to incorporate glass trade beads and other European materials. The aim of the article is to look at some of the vast array of New Guinea Adornment with images to help the reader identify specific pieces of Ethnic Jewellery and also to develop an appreciation for these miniature masterpieces.

 

 

 

I Buy and Sell New Guinea Adornment and if you have a piece you would like to sell please send me an image. If you have a piece of Ethnic jewellery and just want to know more about it or find out what it is worth feel free to send me an email.

With experience it is possible to identify pieces of New Guinea Adornment and know exactly where it comes from and what and who it was used by. Many pieces of New Guinea Adornment could only worn by people of a certain social rank or status. They often signified to others not only your wealth but your position within society.

The value of a New Guinea Adornment depends on several factors. Physically attractive pieces are of course more valuable than plain pieces. Rare pieces are more valuable than common pieces. The condition is extremely important because restoration  is often nearly impossible. Island Jewellery tends to be more valuable than mainland New Guinea material.

As it would take a very thick book to cover all the New Guinea Adornments the following images are just a some examples of these fascinating artworks

 

New Guinea Adornment

 

new guinea adornment

Leg bands from the Admiralty islands. Made from trade beads and pandanus fibre strig

 

Necklace from the Sepik River. Carved turtle shell on Bailer shell supported by bushfibre band

Necklace from the Sepik River. Carved turtle shell on Bailer shell supported by bush fibre band

 

New Guinea jewelry

Karahut Mouthpiece and necklace from the Abelam people Sepik Region. Made from Pig teeth nassa shells, bush fiber and stuffed with magical herbs

 

PNG jewellery

Armband from the Huon Gulf. Made from slithers of trochus shell bush fibre and nassa shells

 

Wedding apron from the Admiralty islands. made from seed pods and shell segments beads and bush fiber.

Wedding apron from the Admiralty islands. made from seed pods and shell segments beads and bush fiber.

 

Papua new guinea jewellery

Necklace from the lower sepik. Made from dogteeth shell and bush fibre

 

bailer shell New guinea adornment

New guinea highlands Pectoral adornment
made from Bailer Shell

 

New guinea adornments

Puberty Skirt from the Sepik River. Made from Jobs Tear seeds shell and bush fibre

 

new guinea shell wealth

Mis terminal From new Ireland. made from turtle shell Mis shell segments, dog teeth cone shells and trade beads.

 

New Guinea jewellery

Phalocrypts / penus gourds from the Sepik river. made from gourd with design in pokerwork.

 

Lower sepik armband

Armband from the lower Sepik. made from dogsteeth, conus shell segments, glass trade ring and bush fibre

 

papuan Gulf bark belt

Bark Belt from the papuan Gulf

 

 

Due to the sheer volume of material I have more examples of New Guinea adornments  in my article Traditional Papua New Guinea JewelryTribal Jewelry from the Pacific and  Pacific Island Ethnic Jewellery.

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New Guinea nose piecehunger supressing belt from the PNG highlandslower sepik hair coiffure Kina shell necklace from the new guinea highlandsNose piece adornmentturtle shell armband

 

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Tribal Jewelry of the Pacific Islands

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New guinea warriof with Tribal Jewelry

Tribal Jewelry
Pacific Islands

 

There is a huge variety of Tribal Jewely from the pacific islands. These various pieces of jewelry were originally made using neolithic tools like sharks teeth and obsidian . The materials were those found in nature such as shells, teeth, bone, bush fibre, feathers, stone, wood and turtle shell. As soon as Pacific Cultures cam in contact with Europeans they started to incorporate glass trade beads and other European materials. The aim of the article is to look at some of the vast array of Tribal Jewelry from the Pacific with images to help the reader identify specific pieces of Tribal Jewely and also to develop an appreciation for these miniature masterpieces.

 

 

 

I Buy and Sell Tribal Jewel from the Pacific and if you have a piece you would like to sell please send me an image. If you have a piece of Tribal Jewel and just want to know more about it or find out what it is worth feel free to send me an email.

With experience it is possible to identify pieces of Pacific Tribal Jewel and know exactly where it comes from and what and who it was used by. Many pieces of Tribal Jewel could only worn by people of a certain social rank or status. They often signified to others not only your wealth but your position within society.

The value of Tribal Jewel depends on several factors. Physically attractive pieces are of course more valuable than plain pieces. Rare pieces are more valuable than common pieces. The condition is extremely important because restoration  is often nearly impossible. Polynesian Jewelry tends to be more valuable than New Guinea material.

As it would take a very thick book to cover all the Tribal Jewel of the Pacific the following images are just a some examples of these fascinating artworks

 

Tribal Jewelry of the Pacific Islands

tribal jewelry from santa cruz

Hair ornament from Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands. made of carved turtle shell over Giant clam shell

 

tribal headdress

Head dress from the torres Strait. made of feathers and bush fibre

 

Massim native necklace

Massim Necklace from milne bay papua New Guinea. Made from Spondylus shell disks, boars tusk. bush fibre and egg shell courie

 

Maori tribal adornment

Maori heiTiki from new Zealand. made of pounamu and palau shell eye

 

new guinea tribal Jewelry

Lumi Breastplate from the Sepik in Papua New Guinea. Made from Nasa shells and bush fibre

 

polynesian jewelry

Marquesan Island Crown / Head dress. Made from sections of carved turtleshell Giant clam buttons and fibre

 

Tribal jewellery

War Adornment from the Admiralty islands in papua new guinea. Made from ochre painted carved wood,frigate bird feathers and bush fibre

 

new guinea jewelry

Mouth ornament from Collingwood Bay, Papua new Guinea. Made from seeds, spondylus shell segments, pig tusks and bush fibre

 

polynesian necklace

Cook island necklace. made from shells and bush fibre.

 

fijian tribal jewelry

Fijian Necklace called wasekaseka. made from carved whale teeth and bush fibre

tribal adornment made of dogteeth

Ramu River Pectoral necklace. made of dogteeth, wood and bush fibre

 

Due to the sheer volume of material I have more examples of Pacific Island Tribal Jewelry in my article Ethnic Jewellery from the Pacific Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry  and New Guinea adornments

 

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Polynesian necklacependant from the solomon islandsNose pieces from the Lower ramu Papua new guineaFijian Breast platepig tusk used as currency and as adornmentNew guinea adornment

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Ethnic Jewellery of the Pacific Islands

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New guinea warriof with ethnic jewellery

Ethnic Jewellery
Pacific Islands

 

There is a huge variety of Ethnic jewellery from the pacific islands. These various pieces of jewellery were originally made using neolithic tools like sharks teeth and obsidian . The materials were those found in nature such as shells, teeth, bone, bush fibre, feathers, stone, wood and turtle shell. As soon as Pacific Cultures cam in contact with Europeans they started to incorporate glass trade beads and other European materials. The aim of the article is to look at some of the vast array of Ethnic jewellery from the Pacific with images to help the reader identify specific pieces of Ethnic Jewellery and also to develop an appreciation for these miniature masterpieces.

 

 

 

I Buy and Sell Ethnic jewellery from the Pacific and if you have a piece you would like to sell please send me an image. If you have a piece of Ethnic jewellery and just want to know more about it or find out what it is worth feel free to send me an email.

With experience it is possible to identify pieces of Pacific jewellery and know exactly where it comes from and what and who it was used by. Many pieces of ethnic Jewellery could only worn by people of a certain social rank or status. They often signified to others not only your wealth but your position within society.

The value of Ethnic jewellery depends on several factors. Physically attractive pieces are of course more valuable than plain pieces. Rare pieces are more valuable than common pieces. The condition is extremely important because restoration  is often nearly impossible. Polynesian Jewellery tends to be more valuable than New Guinea material.

As it would take a very thick book to cover all the Ethnic Jewellery of the Pacific the following images are just a some examples of these fascinating artworks

 

Ethnic Jewellery of the Pacific Islands

Whale bone breast plate from Tonga in polynesia

Whale bone breast plate from Tonga

 

Clam Shell ethnic Armband from Tanga Island Papua New guinea

Clam Shell Armband from Tanga Island Papua New Guinea

 

Solomon islands necklace

Solomon Island ethnic Necklace made from clamshell beads fibre and tree nuts

 

Sepik turtle shell armband status adornment

Armband from the Sepik River Papua New Guinea made from carved turtleshell

 

ethnic jewellery Marquesan ear ornaments

Ear plugs from the Marquesan Islands made from carved whale tooth

Maori jewelry jade Ear Ring

Ear Ring from the maori people of new Zealand made from Pounamu jade.

 

traditional jewelry from new ireland papua new guinea

Status pendant from NewIireland in Papua New Guinea. Made from carved turtleshell over Giant Clam shell

 

Collingwood bay war adornment tribal adornment

Mouth Adornment from Collingwood Bay Papua New Guinea. Made from pigteeth fibre shell and seeds

 

hawaiian royal tribal necklace

Necklace from Hawaiian Islands. made from carved whale tooth and human hair

 

Solomon island ear plug tribal ornament

Ear Plug from the Solomon islands. made from carved giant clam.

 

tribal jewellery as a Sepik Bridal head dress

Wedding head dress from the Sepik River papua new Guinea. made from fibre nasa shells and courie shells

 

Tribal jewelry from manus island

Cerermonial belt from the Admiralty islands (Manus) Papua New Guinea. made from shell sections, trade beads and fibre

 

Due to the sheer volume of material I have more examples of Pacific Island Ethnic Jewellery in my Article  Tribal Jewelry from the Pacific New Guinea adornments and Traditional Papua New Guinea Jewelry

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ethnic Pendant from the Solomon islandsNose piece from the Solomon islandsMicronesian neclacesMarquesan headbandMaori manaia pendant made from jadeSepik adornment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tribal bowls Art from the pacific

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The vast majority of Tribal bowls from the Pacific Islands are not worth very much. There are however some notable exceptions and this article looks at Tribal bowls from the Pacific that are collectable as pieces of tribal art.

 

Tribal bolw from the Sepik River

 

I collect tribal bowls and tribal art. If you have a tribal bowl and would like to sell it or know how much it is worth please feel free to contact me and send me an image.

 

 

The Majority of collectable tribal bowls either come from Polynesia or they have something special about them. Some are anthropomorphic while others are shaped like animals. Some have faces or forms incised in them while others just have a great form. To be collectable the bowls also need to be old and tribally used.

To properly cover all the different forms of tribal bowl I would need to write a book. Many different types of tribal bowl are not covered here. This should just be considered an introduction to a whole group of oceanic art objects

 

Tribal bowls from the Solomon islands

 

Bowl shaped like a bird from the solomon IslandsTribal wooden bowls from the Solomon Islands can be distinguished by the fact that they tend to be inlaid with shiny shell sections. They come in a variety of shapes and designs but the most collectable are shaped like birds or animals.

 

 

Marquesan Island Tribal Bowls

 

Marquesan island Dish

 

 

Tribal wooden Bowls from the Marquesan Islands are normally circular but have the underside incised with motifs. The motifs sometimes include faces. Small bowls from this area are made from Coconut.

 

 

 

Wuvulu Island Dish

 

tribal wooden dish from micronesia

 

Dishes from the Wuvulu island in Micronesia have an almost Japanese Aestetic. they are very finely made and have very thin side walls. The most collectable ones have a rounded bottom.

 

 

 

Hawaiian Bowl or calabash

 

tribal bowls from hawaii

 

Bowls from Hawaiian Islands are superbly finished and normally made from Koa Wood. The most collectable examples are those with the most repairs to them.

 

 

Karniet Island Dish Micronesia

 

Wooden Dish from Karniet island in micronesia

 

 

Dishes from Karniet have terminals that are pierced and carved in a distinctive style. They are valuable mainly because they are rare.

 

 

Fijian Wooden Tribal Dish

 

Fijian preists dish

 

 

 

Dishes from the Fiji islands were used mainly by native Priests. They were used to hold a scented coconut oil and used in tribal ceremony and not for food. They come in a whole variety of styles but tend to be quite shallow and stand on short legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admiralty Island Tribal Bowl

 

tribal wooden bowl from the Admiralty islands

 

The most collectable wooden bowls from the Admiralty Islands are huge feast dishes with wonderful spiral handles. These dishes normally have four legs. The Admiralty island also have smaller dishes shaped like birds and dogs.

 

 

Maori Wooden Bowls

 

Maori Bowl from new Zealand

Most Bowls made by the New Zealand Maori were made after European contact for a European market. They are collectable in their own right and are profusely carved. There are a few pre=contact maori bowls that were made mainly for feeding tattooed chiefs. The Maori also made a feather box for storing jade valuables and feathers.

 

 

Sepik River Tribal bowls

 

wooden tribal pigment dish
Pigment dish from the middle sepik

 

Tribal bowls from some areas of the Sepik are common but most of the really collectable examples are anthropomorphic. The very best examples are small dished made to use for holding pigments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal Bowls from Vanuatu

 

tribal wooden bowls from VanuatuTribal bowls from Vanuatu are rare and were used in Grade initiation ceremonies. They come in a variety of styles but all the really old examples are collectable

 

 

 

Huon Gulf Tribal Wooden bowls

 

Tribal wooden bowls from png

Wooden bowls from the Huon Gulf in Papua New Guinea are common. Collectable examples have to be really old and superbly carved or of an unusual form

If you can’t find the Tribal Wooden bowl you were looking for i have added some to the bottom of this article. There are many different variations and styles and this is just a taster.

If this article has been helpful or interesting can you please take the time to like it on social media

Some more images of Tribal Bowls

Turtle shell bowl used for bride price micronesia Tongan Kava bowl Dish from the tami islands papua new guinea Dog shaped tribal bowl from the solomon islands Fijian oil dish Tribal wooden dish from the Austral islands Aboriginal Coolamon

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Tribal Wooden Bowls

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The vast majority of Tribal wooden bowls from the Pacific Islands are not worth very much. There are however some notable exceptions and this article looks at Tribal wooden bowls from the Pacific that are collectable as pieces of tribal art.

 

Tribal wooden bolw from the Sepik River

 

I collect tribal wooden bowls and tribal art. If you have a tribal wooden bowl and would like to sell it or know how much it is worth please feel free to contact me and send me an image.

 

 

The Majority of collectable tribal wooden bowls either come from Polynesia or they have something special about them. Some are anthropomorphic while others are shaped like animals. Some have faces or forms incised in them while others just have a great form. To be collectable the bowls also need to be old and tribally used.

To properly cover all the different forms of tribal wooden bowl I would need to write a book. Many different types of tribal bowl are not covered here. This should just be considered an introduction to a whole group of oceanic art objects

 

Tribal Wooden bowls from the Solomon islands

 

Bowl shaped like a bird from the solomon IslandsTribal wooden bowls from the Solomon Islands can be distinguished by the fact that they tend to be inlaid with shiny shell sections. They come in a variety of shapes and designs but the most collectable are shaped like birds or animals.

 

 

Marquesan Island Tribal Wooden Bowls

 

Marquesan island Dish

 

 

Tribal wooden Bowls from the Marquesan Islands are normally circular but have the underside incised with motifs. The motifs sometimes include faces. Small bowls from this area are made from Coconut.

 

 

 

Wuvulu Island Dish

 

tribal wooden dish from micronesia

 

Dishes from the Wuvulu island in Micronesia have an almost Japanese Aestetic. they are very finely made and have very thin side walls. The most collectable ones have a rounded bottom.

 

 

 

Hawaiian Wooden Bowl or calabash

 

tribal Wooden dish from hawaii

 

Bowls from Hawaiian Islands are superbly finished and normally made from Koa Wood. The most collectable examples are those with the most repairs to them.

 

 

Karniet Island Dish Micronesia

 

Wooden Dish from Karniet island in micronesia

 

 

Dishes from Karniet have terminals that are pierced and carved in a distinctive style. They are valuable mainly because they are rare.

 

 

Fijian Wooden Tribal Dish

 

Fijian preists dish

 

 

 

Dishes from the Fiji islands were used mainly by native Priests. They were used to hold a scented coconut oil and used in tribal ceremony and not for food. They come in a whole variety of styles but tend to be quite shallow and stand on short legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admiralty Island Tribal Wooden Bowl

 

tribal wooden bowl from the Admiralty islands

 

The most collectable wooden bowls from the Admiralty Islands are huge feast dishes with wonderful spiral handles. These dishes normally have four legs. The Admiralty island also have smaller dishes shaped like birds and dogs.

 

 

Maori Wooden Bowls

 

Maori Bowl from new Zealand

Most wooden Bowls made by the New Zealand Maori were made after European contact for a European market. They are collectable in their own right and are profusely carved. There are a few pre=contact maori bowls that were made mainly for feeding tattooed chiefs. The Maori also made a feather box for storing jade valuables and feathers.

 

 

Sepik River Tribal wooden bowls

 

wooden tribal pigment dish
Pigment dish from the middle sepik

 

Tribal wooden bowls from some areas of the Sepik are common but most of the really collectable examples are anthropomorphic. The very best examples are small dished made to use for holding pigments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal Wooden Bowls from Vanuatu

 

tribal wooden bowls from VanuatuTribal bowls from Vanuatu are rare and were used in Grade initiation ceremonies. They come in a variety of styles but all the really old examples are collectable

 

 

 

Huon Gulf Tribal Wooden bowls

 

Tribal wooden bowls from png

Wooden bowls from the Huon Gulf in Papua New Guinea are common. Collectable examples have to be really old and superbly carved or of an unusual form

If you can’t find the Tribal Wooden bowl you were looking for i have added some to the bottom of this article. There are many different variations and styles and this is just a taster.

If this article has been helpful or interesting can you please take the time to like it on social media

Some more images of Tribal Wooden Bowls

Turtle shell bowl used for bride price micronesia Tongan Kava bowl Dish from the tami islands papua new guinea Dog shaped tribal bowl from the solomon islands Fijian oil dish Tribal wooden dish from the Austral islands Aboriginal Coolamon

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Polynesian Statue

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wooden carved polynesian statue from the new zealand maori

Polynesian Statue from the Maori people

Polynesian statues are some of the most valuable and sort after pieces of tribal art.  There are numerous different Polynesian statue types, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. This article helps to visually show the main types of Polynesian statue to help the reader identify which region their Sculpture comes from. The best known Sculpture in Polynesia comes from the New Zealand Maori but there are various widely different types of figures through out Polynesia.

There are also New Guinea Sculpture but I have written a separate article about those along with another article about art from Vanuatu and the Solomon islands.

I Buy Old Polynesian statues and tribal Art. If you have one to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your polynesian art might be worth please send me a J Peg as I would love to see it

Polynesian Art normally represented gods, deities or a ancestral hero. They were sometimes made free standing but are also often found as part of a object like the top of a fly whisk.

They vary in size from very small charms made to be hidden on your person to monumental sizes made to be displayed outside a ceremonial enclosure.

In Polynesia it was only men who were suppose to see these Sculptures and women and uninitiated children are forbidden to go near an are containing them.

The following is a visual guide on types of  Polynesian Art but due to the huge variety throughout the Pacific it is far from inclusive. It is probably better to think of this article as a brief introduction to this fascinating group of art forms. If you want more detailed information about a particular piece please fee free to contact me.

 

Polynesian Statue

 

Fijian Statue

Fijian preist dishFeamale sculpture from the fijian islands

 

Artistically Fiji has acted as a cultural bridge between Melanesia and Polynesia. The function of free standing Sculpture within fijian society has been lost but most of the free standing figures from Fiji are female. Fijian carvers are better known for making war clubs of which there are thousands of remaining examples.

Some figures are found in the form of dishes used by “native priests”.

 

 

 

 

Cook Island Sculpture / Raratongan Sculpture

 

Polynesian Statue from the Cook Islands

raratongan

 

 

 

The Polynesian art traditions of the Cook islands were directly associated with their religious beliefs and linked to their Marae. Key ancestral sculptures were the main focus within the cultural enclosure. The majority of sculpture was destroyed along with the temples shortly after the arrival of the London Mission Society by 1821.

 

 

 

 

 

 

raratongan Flywhisk handle Closeup of a raratongan war club

 

 

 

 

 

Raratonga is well known amongst collectors of polynesian art for its staff gods but also for the superb war clubs. Some small sculptures are also found on Flywhisk handles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austral Islands Sculpture

polynesian statue from the cook islands

Highly carved paddle from the Austral islands

 

 

 

Very few free standing sculptures were collected from the Austral islands but the few that were are superb. The islands are best known for its wonderfully carved Austral island Paddles and ladels.

There are also a few very rare staff gods and wonderfully carved fly whisk handles

 

 

 

 

 

Tahiti / Society Islands sculpture

wooden sculpture from the society islandspolynesian sculpture

 

 

The majority of polynesian art from Tahiti are most likely to have been created as images of the god Ti’i and were placed on the top of canoe prows of double hulled fighting canoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquesas islands sculpture

polynesian statue from the Marquesas islandsMarquesan War club

 

 

 

Free standing sculpture from the Marquesas islands is very rare. The Islands in the tribal art world are better known for their wonderfully carved stilt steps bowls, canoe prows and clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hawaiian Sculpture

Polynesian sculpture from hawaii Hawaiian polynesian statue

 

 

Hawaiian free standing sculpture made for tribal use is exceedingly rare and highly collectable. It has a very distinctive and powerful presence. Hawaiian carvers were also known for their fantastic bowls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Island Sculpture

carved wooden easter island sculpture polynesian statue from easter island

 

 

Most people associate Easter island with their gaint stone Moai but there are lesser known small wooden sculpture which in my opinion are even more fascinating. They also made weird but wonderful half lizard half human sculptures war clubs and paddles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maori Sculpture

Maori sculpture from a housepost Maori wooden sculpture

 

 

The New Zealand Maori were prolific sculpture artists and whole books on just maori art have been written. Objects made by the maori include maori weapons, feeding funnels, feather boxes and architectural panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just some examples, so I hope you can appreciate the vast variety of Polynesian Sculptures. The Pacific is probably the most prolific figure-producing region of the World after Africa as far as variety of tribal art is concerned. As Oceanic Art they are extremely expressive and come in a vast variety of sizes forms and functions. It is a great pity that the majority of people who visit the Pacific only get to see the modern Tiki art produced for sale to tourists and miss the fantastic variety of other figures this diverse region has to offer.

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Some more Polynesian Statue

wooden funnel used by maori during tattooing Polynesian art from easter island wood figure from the society islands ivory tongan polynesian art deatils of a marquesan polynesian art Wooden carved bowl from the marquesan islands wooden sculpture from polynesia Marquesan bone toggle detail of a polynesian wooden sculpture

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Polynesian Art : Masterpieces from the pacific

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wooden carved polynesian figure from the new zealand maori

Polynesian Art from the Maori people

 

 

Polynesian Art are some of the most valuable and sort after pieces of tribal art.  There are numerous different Polynesian Art types, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. This article helps to visually show the main types of Polynesian Art to help the reader identify which region their Sculpture comes from. The best known Sculpture in Polynesia comes from the New Zealand Maori but there are various widely different types of figures through out Polynesia.

There are also New Guinea Sculpture but I have written a separate article about those along with another article about art from Vanuatu and the Solomon islands.

I Buy Old Polynesian Art and tribal Art. If you have one to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your polynesian art might be worth please send me a J Peg as I would love to see it

Polynesian Art normally represented gods, deities or a ancestral hero. They were sometimes made free standing but are also often found as part of a object like the top of a fly whisk.

They vary in size from very small charms made to be hidden on your person to monumental sizes made to be displayed outside a ceremonial enclosure.

In Polynesia it was only men who were suppose to see these Sculptures and women and uninitiated children are forbidden to go near an are containing them.

The following is a visual guide on types of  Polynesian Art but due to the huge variety throughout the Pacific it is far from inclusive. It is probably better to think of this article as a brief introduction to this fascinating group of art forms. If you want more detailed information about a particular piece please fee free to contact me.

 

Polynesian Art

 

Fijian Sculpture

Fijian preist dishFeamale sculpture from the fijian islands

 

Artistically Fiji has acted as a cultural bridge between Melanesia and Polynesia. The function of free standing Sculpture within fijian society has been lost but most of the free standing figures from Fiji are female. Fijian carvers are better known for making war clubs of which there are thousands of remaining examples.

Some figures are found in the form of dishes used by “native priests”.

 

 

 

 

Cook Island Sculpture / Raratongan Sculpture

 

Cook Island tiki figure

raratongan

 

 

 

The Polynesian art traditions of the Cook islands were directly associated with their religious beliefs and linked to their Marae. Key ancestral sculptures were the main focus within the cultural enclosure. The majority of sculpture was destroyed along with the temples shortly after the arrival of the London Mission Society by 1821.

 

 

 

 

 

 

raratongan Flywhisk handle Closeup of a raratongan war club

 

 

 

 

 

Raratonga is well known amongst collectors of polynesian art for its staff gods but also for the superb war clubs. Some small sculptures are also found on Flywhisk handles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austral Islands Sculpture

polynesian sculpture from the cook islands

Highly carved paddle from the Austral islands

 

 

 

Very few free standing sculptures were collected from the Austral islands but the few that were are superb. The islands are best known for its wonderfully carved Austral island Paddles and ladels.

There are also a few very rare staff gods and wonderfully carved fly whisk handles

 

 

 

 

 

Tahiti / Society Islands sculpture

wooden sculpture from the society islandspolynesian sculpture

 

 

The majority of polynesian art from Tahiti are most likely to have been created as images of the god Ti’i and were placed on the top of canoe prows of double hulled fighting canoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquesas islands sculpture

Marquesan island SculptureMarquesan War club

 

 

 

Free standing sculpture from the Marquesas islands is very rare. The Islands in the tribal art world are better known for their wonderfully carved stilt steps bowls, canoe prows and clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hawaiian Sculpture

Polynesian sculpture from hawaii Hawaiian sculpture

 

 

Hawaiian free standing sculpture made for tribal use is exceedingly rare and highly collectable. It has a very distinctive and powerful presence. Hawaiian carvers were also known for their fantastic bowls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Island Sculpture

carved wooden easter island sculpture polynesian sculpture from easter island

 

 

Most people associate Easter island with their gaint stone Moai but there are lesser known small wooden sculpture which in my opinion are even more fascinating. They also made weird but wonderful half lizard half human sculptures war clubs and paddles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maori Sculpture

Maori sculpture from a housepost Maori wooden sculpture

 

 

The New Zealand Maori were prolific sculpture artists and whole books on just maori art have been written. Objects made by the maori include maori weapons, feeding funnels, feather boxes and architectural panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just some examples, so I hope you can appreciate the vast variety of Polynesian Sculptures. The Pacific is probably the most prolific figure-producing region of the World after Africa as far as variety of tribal art is concerned. As Oceanic Art they are extremely expressive and come in a vast variety of sizes forms and functions. It is a great pity that the majority of people who visit the Pacific only get to see the modern Tiki art produced for sale to tourists and miss the fantastic variety of other figures this diverse region has to offer.

If this post has been informative please take the time and make the effort to share it on social media. By clicking any of the share buttons below you create a link from your social site to this article. Links are what google uses to calculate what information on the web is useful. By sharing this article you are letting google know you found my article / images of some value. Thanks!

Some more Polynesian Art

wooden funnel used by maori during tattooing Polynesian art from easter island wood figure from the society islands ivory tongan polynesian art deatils of a marquesan polynesian art Wooden carved bowl from the marquesan islands wooden sculpture from polynesia Marquesan bone toggle detail of a polynesian wooden sculpture

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New Guinea Headrest

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Tribal Headrest from Papua New Guinea

New Guinea Headrest from Papua New Guinea

 

 

This article looks at the various different types of New Guinea headrest  with images to help readers identify where a New Guinea headrest comes from and what it is worth. Some New Guinea headrests  are quite beautiful in their own right and are a collectable form of tribal art.

 

 

I buy New Guinea headrests   so if you have one to sell I would love to see it. If you just want to know what your New Guinea headrest is worth please feel free to send me a Jpeg and I will give you my opinion

 

Headrests have been used since before the time of the Pharos and are found on almost all continents across the globe. Headrests are used in Africa the Middle East, Ancient China and right through the Pacific islands.  It is not possible to cover all tribal headrests from all cultures or even the variations within a single culture. This article is just to give the reader some idea of the scope of headrests found in Papua New Guinea

New Guinea headrests vary widely in their function as well as design. Some were made to keep elaborate hair does from being destroyed. Other were made to protect the Mana or life energy. Some were skulls used to communicate with ancestors while dreaming and others covered in protective totems.

 

Types of New Guinea headrests

 

 New Guinea headrest Korwar

Tribal headrest from Korwar

These headrests come from Western New guinea and often have figures at both end and floral designs in the middle

 

 

New Guinea Headrest Sepik River

Lower Sepik Headrest

Middle sepik head restHeadrests from the Sepik are often made up a wooden Body and cane legs. They tend to be elaborately carved with mask like faces. Some headrests from this area are made from a single block of wood but are still elaborately carve

 

New Guinea headrest Huon Gulf

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Headrests from the Huon Gulf tend to also be carved with figures but the figures tend to be more Cubistic.

 

 

New Guinea headrest highlands

Highlands Head rest

Tribal headrests from the Highlands of papua new guinea tend to be minimally carved and functional.

 

New Guinea headrest Collingwood Bay

Collingwood bay head Rest

Headrests from Collingwood Bay have the central portion carved with chevron patterns and are very distinctive

 

New Guinea Headrest from Massin Area

Headrest massim people PNG

Headrests from the massim region of Papua new guinea are extremely rare. They usually have highly stylized bird motifs

New Guinea Headrests from Markham Valley

Markam Valley Headrest PNG

Markham valley headrests are usually similar to highland headrests in form but have a face carved in one end.

 

Papuan Gulf headrests

Headrest from Turama River papuan Gulf

New Guinea Headrests from the Papuan Gulf are uncommon but usuually have a distinctive papuan gulf face or are shaped as a crocodile.

 

 

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More Images of  New Guinea Headrests

Headrest from the sepik riverPNG neckrestNewckrest from the papua new guinea highlandsLower sepik head rest

papua new guinea Highlands HeadrestMarkhamAbstract head rest from tami islandPapua new guinea headrest

 

 

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