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

Huon Gulf headrest Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 11.07.16 am

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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Cultural Masks of Papua New Guinea

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Ethnic masks from papua new Guinea

Cultural masks
from Papua New Guinea

 

Cultural Masks from Papua New Guinea come in various types, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. The best known cultural masks come from the Sepik River but there are various widely different types of masks through out New Guinea. This article is to help the reader identify where in New Guinea their cultural masks are from by giving examples and pictures of the different types.

 

 

 

 

I Buy Old Papua New Guinea cultural Masks and Oceanic Art

 

 

 

Not all Papua New Guinea cultural Masks were made to be worn by people. Some cultural masks were made to “decorate” sacred flutes, the front of canoes, the HausMan, as lucky amulets and even yams. Other cultural masks were not made to wear directly on the head but were part of a larger assemblage.

Types of Papua New Guinea cultural masks vary from very small Amulet masks only a Few centimetres high to huge Baining masks over 10 metres tall.

In Papua New Guinea it is only men who wear cultural masks and they must have been initiated into the cult that produces the mask. Masks are hidden from women when not in use and are secret. When worn the initiate becomes the spirit / tumbuwan the mask represents. Cultural Masks are still being used today in New Guinea and are danced during ceremonial occasions.

The following is a visual guide on types of  Papua New Guinea cultural Masks but due to the huge variety throughout the country is far from inclusive. It is probably better to think of it as a brief introduction to this fascinating group of art forms.

 Types of cultural masks 

 

Papuan Gulf cultural Masks

 

Woven mask from the Papuan Gulf

Tribal Mask from the papuan Gulf

Ethnic mask from the papuan Gulf made of tapa over cane

Papuan gulf mask made from Tapa cloth

 

 

Papuan Gulf cultural masks from Central gulf are made of Woven Rattan and those from the East from tapa over a Pandanus and cane inner structure

 

 

Massim Mask

 

Very rare mask from Milne bay made of tapa cloth

Massim Tribal mask are extremely rare

 

 

Rarest of New Guinea Cultural Masks. I did not even know that masks were made in Milne Bay existed until I spotted this one in the Pitt Rivers Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Island Cultural Masks

 

Ethnic masks from vitu made from tapa cloth over a cane frameVitu island mask made from carved wood

 

 

French Island masks are either made from Tapa over a cane frame or from a light wood. Tapa masks from this area of West New Britain can be distinguished by the eyes being very high up in the head . Wooden helmut masks all look similar to the one illistrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tumbuwan Mask

 

new guinea art

Tolai Tribal Mask

 

 

Distinctive cone shaped top with large eyes and huge smile. This cultural mask is still a very active culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baining Mask

 

Ethnic masks

Baining tribal mask

oceanic masks

 

 

Baining masks are some of the Largest masks in the world and are made from tapa over a rattan frame. They usually have extremely large distinctive circular eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sulka Cultural Masks

 

oceanic masks from the Sulka people are rare as they are easily damagedSulka mask with typical pink pigmentation

 

 

Cultural Masks from the Sulka or Suluka people in East new Britain are made of pith finely sewn onto a cane frame. They are a distinctive pink colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malangan Masks

 

Ethnic masks resembling a bird from new irelandsuperb and intricate malanggan mask

 

Malangan tribal masks come from the Northern Part of New Ireland and are made from a lightwood . Normally they are very intricate and show very high degrees of workmanship

 

 

 

Tantanua mask

 

Tantanua mask with typical head cresent

 

 

Tantanua masks from New Ireland can be distinguished by the mohawk of hair. They usually have a lightwood face plate and fibre top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanga Mask

 

New ireland tanga Ethnic mask with stalk like eyes

 

 

Tanga tribal Masks are made of tapa over a cane structure. Although they tend to be coarsely made their forms are some of the wildest in all of tribal Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huon Gulf Masks

 

oceanic mask from the huon Gulf

 

Huon Gulf and Astrolabe Bay tribal masks are made from wood or Tapa over cane and they have very distinctive ears. They are always done with openwork to reflect the importance of ear piercing as part of initiation in this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands Masks

 

Ethnic masks from the highlands of New Guinea

 


 Most highlands  masks aremade from painted gourds but some are also made from a fantastic variety of natural materials. They can be distinguished by the distinctive yellow ochre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torres Strait Masks

 

Pacific island mask from the torres strait between australia nad new guineaPacific island mask made from turtle shell from the torres straitAlthough they are Politically a part of Australia the torres straits are melanesian culturally and in Oceanic Art this makes them more a part of New Guinea than Aboriginal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sepik River Cultural Masks

 


Iatmul Mei mask
korewari:blackwater mask

 

Sepik Masks are so diverse, numerous and interesting they are a article onto themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you can appreciate the vast variety of New Guinea cultural masks. New Guinea is probably the most prolific mask-producing region of the World as far as variety is concerned. As tribal 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 New guinea only get to see the modern Middle Sepik Mask produced for sale to tourists and miss the fantastic variety of other tribal masks this diverse country has to offer.

Examples of tourist masks from the Sepik 

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 Some more images of Cultural masks

Cultural masks from the Sepik RiverCultural masks from the highlands of papua new guineaLorr Cultural masks from East New britain PNG

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Polynesian Sculpture

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wooden carved polynesian figure from the new zealand maori

Polynesian Sculpture from the Maori people

 

 

Polynesian Sculpture are some of the most valuable and sort after pieces of tribal art.  There are numerous different Polynesian Sculpture types, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. This article helps to visually show the main types of Polynesian Sculpture 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 Sculpture and tribal Art. If you have one to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your oceanic art might be worth please send me a J Peg as I would love to see it

Polynesian Sculpture 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 Sculptures 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 Sculpture

 

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 sculptural 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 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 Sculpture 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 Sculptures

Easter island lizardwooden funnel used by maori during tattooingdetail of a polynesian wooden sculpture Marquesan bone toggle wooden sculpture from polynesia Wooden carved bowl from the marquesan islands deatils of a marquesan sculpture ivory tongan sculpture wood figure from the society islands

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Wooden headrest : a Pacific Artform

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Tribal Headrest from Papua New Guinea

Wooden Headrest from Papua New Guinea

 

 

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

 

 

I buy wooden headrests  from the South Pacific Islands so if you have one to sell I would love to see it. If you just want to know what your wooden 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 the pacific

Wooden headrests vary widely in their function as well as design. Some were made to keep elaborate and ochred 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 wooden headrests

 

 Wooden 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

 

 

Tribal headrest Sepik River

Lower Sepik Headrest

Middle sepik wooden headrestHeadrests 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

 

Wooden headrest Huon Gulf

Huon Gulf headrest wooden headrest from the Huon gulf in papua new Guinea

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

 

 

Wooden head rest Fiji

Fijian wooden Headrest inlayed with shell Fijian Headrest with bamboo top and carved wooden legs

Fijian Headrests are probably amongst the most refined and elegant headrests. they come in several different styles but all tend to have an almost Japanese aesthetic.

Tongan Headrests

Tongan Headrest acrved from a single piece of wood Tongan Wooden headrest

Tongan wooden headrests are very similar to Fijian headrests which is not suprizing as Fijian chiefs often commissioned Tongan craftsmen to make them. They are normally very well finished and refined.

Tribal headrest Rennel Island

Light coloured Rennel island Headrest

Rennel island Headrests are easily recognized as they tend to have only three legs. Two of the legs are attached either by cane or by bush fibre rope

 

Wooden headrest New Guinea highlands

Wooden headrest from the papua new guinea highlands region

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

Wooden headrest Collingwood Bay

Collingwood bay head Rest

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

 Rare Tribal headrests from the pacific

The following headrests come from areas where headrests were much less common

Santa Cruz headrest

Headrest from Santa Cruz

Wooden Headrest massim people PNG

Headrest massim people PNG

Markam Valley Headrest PNG

Markam Valley Headrest PNG

Headrest from Turama River papuan Gulf

Headrest from Turama River papuan Gulf

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More Images of  Wooden Headrest

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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Tribal Headrest art of the Pacific

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Tribal Headrest from Papua New Guinea

Tribal Headrest from Papua New Guinea

 

 

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

 

 

I buy tribal headrests  from the South Pacific Islands so if you have one to sell I would love to see it. If you just want to know what your tribal 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 the pacific

Tribal headrests vary widely in their function as well as design. Some were made to keep elaborate and ochred 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 Tribal headrests

 

 Tribal 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

 

 

Tribal 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

 

Tribal headrest Huon Gulf

Huon Gulf headrest Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 11.07.16 am

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

 

 

Tribal head rest Fiji

Fijian Headrest Fijian Headrest

Fijian Headrests are probably amongst the most refined and elegant headrests. they come in several different styles but all tend to have an almost Japanese aesthetic.

Tongan Headrests

Tongan Headrest Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 11.06.21 am

Tongan headrests are very similar to Fijian headrests which is not suprising as Fijian chiefs often commissioned Tongan craftsmen to make them. They are normally very well finished and refined.

Tribal headrest Rennel Island

Rennel island Headrest

Rennel island Headrests are easily recognized as they tend to have only three legs. Two of the legs are attached either by cane or by bush fibre rope

 

Tribal headrest New Guinea highlands

Highlands Head rest

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

Tribal headrest Collingwood Bay

Collingwood bay head Rest

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

 Rare Tribal headrests from the pacific

The following headrests come from areas where headrests were much less common

Santa Cruz headrest

Headrest from Santa Cruz

Headrest massim people PNG

Headrest massim people PNG

Markam Valley Headrest PNG

Markam Valley Headrest PNG

Headrest from Turama River papuan Gulf

Headrest from Turama River papuan Gulf

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!

More Images of  Tribal 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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Ethnic masks from Papua New Guinea

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Ethnic masks from papua new Guinea

Ethnic masks
from Papua New Guinea

 

Ethnic Masks from Papua New Guinea come in various types, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. The best known Ethnic mask come from the Sepik River but there are various widely different types of masks through out New Guinea. This article is to help the reader identify where in New Guinea their Ethnic mask are from by giving examples and pictures of the different types.

 

 

I Buy Old Papua New Guinea Ethnic Masks and Oceanic Art

 

 

Not all Papua New Guinea Ethnic Masks were made to be worn by people. Some masks were made to “decorate” sacred flutes, the front of canoes, the HausMan, as lucky amulets and even yams. Other Ethnic masks were not made to wear directly on the head but were part of a larger assemblage.

Types of Papua New Guinea Ethnic masks vary from very small Amulet masks only a Few centimetres high to huge Baining masks over 10 metres tall.

In Papua New Guinea it is only men who wear Ethnic masks and they must have been initiated into the cult that produces the mask. Masks are hidden from women when not in use and are secret. When worn the initiate becomes the spirit / tumbuwan the mask represents. Ethnic Masks are still being used today in New Guinea and are danced during ceremonial occasions.

The following is a visual guide on types of  Papua New Guinea Ethnic Masks but due to the huge variety throughout the country is far from inclusive. It is probably better to think of it as a brief introduction to this fascinating group of oceanic art forms.

 Types of Ethnic masks 

Papuan Gulf Ethnic Masks

 

Woven mask from the Papuan Gulf

Tribal Mask from the papuan Gulf

Ethnic mask from the papuan Gulf made of tapa over cane

Papuan gulf mask made from Tapa cloth

 

 

Papuan Gulf masks from Central gulf are made of Woven Rattan and those from the East from tapa over a Pandanus and cane inner structure

 

 

 

Massim Mask

 

Very rare mask from Milne bay made of tapa cloth

Massim Tribal mask are extremely rare

 

 

Rarest of New Guinea Tribal Masks I did not even know that masks were made in Milne Bay existed until I spotted this one in the Pitt Rivers Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Island Ethnic Masks

 

Ethnic masks from vitu made from tapa cloth over a cane frameVitu island mask made from carved wood

 

 

French Island masks are either made from Tapa over a cane frame or from a light wood. Tapa masks from this area of West New Britain can be distinguished by the eyes being very high up in the head . Wooden helmut masks all look similar to the one illistrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tumbuwan Mask

 

new guinea art

Tolai Tribal Mask

 

 

Distinctive cone shaped top with large eyes and huge smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorr Mask

 

Tribal masks from the Duke of york islands

Baining Mask

 

Ethnic masks

Baining tribal mask

oceanic masks

 

 

Baining masks are some of the Largest masks in the world and are made from tapa over a rattan frame. They usually have extremely large distinctive circular eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sulka Ethnic Masks

 

oceanic masks from the Sulka people are rare as they are easily damagedSulka mask with typical pink pigmentation

 

 

Ethnic Masks from the Sulka or Suluka people in East new Britain are made of pith finely sewn onto a cane frame. They are a distinctive pink colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malangan Masks

 

Ethnic masks resembling a bird from new irelandsuperb and intricate malanggan mask

 

Malangan tribal masks come from the Northern Part of New Ireland and are made from a lightwood . Normally they are very intricate and show very high degrees of workmanship

 

 

 

Tantanua mask

 

Tantanua mask with typical head cresent

 

 

Tantanua masks from New Ireland can be distinguished by the mohawk of hair. They usually have a lightwood face plate and fibre top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanga Mask

 

New ireland tanga Ethnic mask with stalk like eyes

 

 

Tanga tribal Masks are made of tapa over a cane structure. Although they tend to be coarsely made their forms are some of the wildest in all of Oceanic Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huon Gulf Masks

 

oceanic mask from the huon Gulf

 

Huon Gulf and Astrolabe Bay tribal masks are made from wood or Tapa over cane and they have very distinctive ears. They are always done with openwork to reflect the importance of ear piercing as part of initiation in this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands Masks

 

Ethnic masks from the highlands of New Guinea

 


 Most highlands  masks aremade from painted gourds but some are also made from a fantastic variety of natural materials. They can be distinguished by the distinctive yellow ochre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torres Strait Masks

 

Pacific island mask from the torres strait between australia nad new guineaPacific island mask made from turtle shell from the torres straitAlthough they are Politically a part of Australia the torres straits are melanesian culturally and in Oceanic Art this makes them more a part of New Guinea than Aboriginal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sepik River Ethnic Masks

 


Iatmul Mei mask
korewari:blackwater mask

 

Sepik Masks are so diverse, numerous and interesting they are a article onto themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you can appreciate the vast variety of New Guinea Ethnic masks. New Guinea is probably the most prolific mask-producing region of the World as far as variety 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 New guinea only get to see the modern Middle Sepik Mask produced for sale to tourists and miss the fantastic variety of other tribal masks this diverse country has to offer.

Introduction to the Tribal Art of New Guinea

Examples of tourist masks from the Sepik 

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Papuan Statue and Carvings

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Papuan Statue of an Uli Figure from New Ireland

New Guinea carving
from New Ireland

 

Papuan Statues are some of the most valuable and sort after pieces of tribal art.  There are numerous different Papuan Statue, which vary mainly depending on the region they come from. This article helps to visually show the main types of Papuan Statue to help the reader identify which region their figure comes from. The best known Papuan Statue come from the Sepik River but there are various widely different types of figures through out New Guinea.

There also Polynesian Figure but I have written a separate article about those along with another article about figures from Vanuatu the solomon islands and other areas called Pacific Island Statues

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

Papuan Statue normally represented gods deities or ancestral heros. They were sometimes made free standing but are also often found as part of a larger object like the top of a house pole.

They vary in size from very small charms made to be hidden on your person to monumental sizes made to be displayed inside the ceremonial hausman

In New Guinea it is only men who are suppose to see these Figures and women and uninitiated children are forbidden to go near structures containing them.

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

 

Papuan Statue types

 

 

Carved figure from the papuan Gulf called a Bioma Figure

 

 

 

There are several different types of figures that come from the Papuan Gulf.

 

 

Flat figures from the Papuan Gulf are known as Bioma and older ones tend to have more fluid forms and often have a pierced nose.

 

 

 

 

Papuan Statue from the Gogodal people in the papuan Gulf

 

 

 

Carving from Gogodal tend to be made from softwoods and often have small red seeds around the eyes. They typically have a conical hair coiffure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carved figure of an Ancestral Hero from Turama River

 

 

 

Papuan Statue from the Turama River tend to be flat or Triangular in cross section and are fairly coarsely carved. The bodies are covered with designs that represent the internal organs.

 

 

 

 

 

Massim Figure of the top of a carved Lime spatula

 

 

 

 

Massim Carving can be found free standing but this is rare and the majority are found attached to the end of a lime stick. They are usually made from ebony or very dense hardwoods. The designs are detailed and precise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Guinea Carving from new ireland called a malangan

 

 

 

Malangan Carving come in a huge variety of styles but are all carved from a fairly soft wood. Typically they are covered in finely painted designs in Red white and black. They sometimes also have small area of blue or yellow.

The eyes are always from a beautifully coloured shell. They are the only figures from new guinea that are sometimes made from more than one piece of wood. traditionally this form of tribal art was burnt after use

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea Figure from Admiralty Islands now called mauns

 

 

 

Admiralty Island Carving come from Manus Island and they are usually predominantly red in colour. They do come free standing but can also be found attached to the end of poles and native ladders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New guinea carved figure from Biwat in the Middle Sepik

Papua New Guinea Figure
Sepik River

 

 

Biwat statue come from the Sepik region and are made from hardwood. The nasal septum and ears beard and top of the head often have holes for attaching feathers and shells. They have a very distinctive elongated head and are amongst the most sort after objects. The majority were used as flute stoppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands woven figure

 

 

 

 

 

Highland figures come from around Mendi and nipa and are mad from woven materials. Some are fairly flat and others  made in the round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea Figurine from the Karawari caves Korowari yipwon Figure

 

 

Papuan Statue from Karawari River are often very eroded as they were stored in caves after the owners died. They often incorporate hook elements in the body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Ramu River figure

Papua New Guinea Figure
Murik Lakes

 

Papuan Statue from the Lower Ramu and Lower Sepik tend to have distorted but reasonably naturalistic faces. Older examples do not have a stand but have the feet cut free. The nose is always pierced and they are usually painted in red ochre or have remnants of red ochre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Sulka Figure probably made to be attached to a mask

 

 

 

Papuan Statue from the Sulka people of East New Britain have a very distinctive pink colour. They were often part of a huge masks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tolia Figure on the end of a dance wand  Probably from the duke of York islands

New Guinea carving from the Tolia people in East New britain

 

Tolia Carving can often be distinguished by the very colourful and unique colouring. The Tolia were amongst the first people to make contact with westerners and took advantage of every colour of paint that was made available to them. Very early examples were predominantly white

 

 

Huon Gulf Figure Huon Gulf Figure as part of a betelnut mortar

Carving from the huon Gulf and Tami Island tend to be very cubistic and often have the shoulders at the top of the head. They are sometimes found free standing but more often as part of a betelnut mortar or a head rest

 

 

 

 

Middle ramu figure with one leg

 

 

 

Carving from the Middle Ramu River can usually be spotted by the shape of the eyes. The eyes are almost always a semi diamond shape taller than they are wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawos carved board, Although stylized these still represent idols

 

 

 

 

Figures / boards from the Sawos people of the Middle sepik are amongst the most intricate of all new guinea figures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just some examples, so I hope you can appreciate the vast variety of Papua New Guinea Carving. New Guinea 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 New guinea only get to see the modern tribal art produced for sale to tourists and miss the fantastic variety of other figures this diverse country has to offer.

Introduction to the Tribal Art of New Guinea

Want to sell oceanic art

Some more images of Papuan Statue and Carvings

Papuan statue from the sepik riverpapuan statue from north solomon islandsPapuan Statue from turama riverHunstien Mountain Hook Figure

 

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Tribal hair comb art from the pacific

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Maori with tribal comb

Tribal hair Comb

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

 

 

I buy tribal hair combs from the South Pacific Islands  so if you have one to sell I would love to see it. If you just want to know what your tribal comb is worth please feel free to send me a Jpeg and I will give you my opinion

 

 

 

Tribal hair combs were an important adornment for many pacific islanders and were generally used for decoration and not just for straightening hair.  Many Tribal combs were also a status symbol and indicated rank or achievement.

The variety of tribal hair combs is almost as unlimited as the imagination of the creators. if you are having difficulty identifying where your tribal hair comb is from then please feel free to send me an image and i may be able to help

 

Papuan Gulf Tribal hair Comb

 

Papuan gulf combFly river comb

 

 

 

Papuan gulf combs are normally made from hardwood and if they have faces on them are quite collectable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tongan hair Comb 

 

Tongan comb copytribal comb from Tonga

 

 

Tongan combs are made of numerous individual material that have been bound together. They quite often have beads interwoven within the design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maori Tribal hair Comb

 

Early style of maori combMaori tribal comb from the early tourist period

 

 

Maori Combs are normally made from whalebone. Early precontact combs tend to be quite plain and later versions very flamboyant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samoan hair Combs

Tribal combs from samoa

Samoan combs are normally distinguished by the plentiful openwork and extravigent designs

Solomon Island hair combs

Solomon islands tribal hair combSolomon Comb 1 Large

Solomon island tribal combs vary depending on which island they come from. the most common variety are made from black palm fronds woven together with orchid fibre.  A less common style uses wood with vegatable paste with inserts of shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Adornments

Marquesas Island hair adornmentYuat River hair adornment

Many Pacific Islanders used combs but some islanders used Adornments in their hair. Although not really combs i think these hair adornments are worthy of note because they are highly collectable

 

 

 

 

 

 

All old tribal hair combs from the South pacific Islands have some value. The value is determined by the beauty rarity  and condition. If you have a tribal comb and you want to know where it is from or what it is worth please feel free to send me an image

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!

More Images of  Tribal hair Combs

 

 

tribal comb from collingwood bay in papua new guineaTribal comb made from crocodile jaw from Arapesh people papua new guinea Yuat river hair adornment Rare tribal combs from the torres strait Samoan Hair comb New Caledonian hair comb Hair comb made from carved bamboo from the massim people Superb early maori hair comb Huon gulf hair comb made from bamboo

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Tribal Comb art from the Pacific Islands

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Maori with tribal comb

Tribal Comb

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

 

 

I buy tribal combs from the South Pacific Islands  so if you have one to sell I would love to see it. If you just want to know what your tribal comb is worth please feel free to send me a Jpeg and I will give you my opinion

 

 

 

Tribal combs were an important adornment for many pacific islanders and were generally used for decoration and not just for straightening hair.  Many Tribal combs were also a status symbol and indicated rank or achievement.

The variety of tribal combs is almost as unlimited as the imagination of the creators. if you are having difficulty identifying where your tribal comb is from then please feel free to send me an image and i may be able to help

 

Papuan Gulf Tribal Comb

 

Papuan gulf combFly river comb

 

 

 

Papuan gulf combs are normally made from hardwood and if they have faces on them are quite collectable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tongan Comb 

 

Tongan comb copytribal comb from Tonga

 

 

Tongan combs are made of numerous individual material that have been bound together. They quite often have beads interwoven within the design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maori Tribal Comb

 

Early style of maori combMaori tribal comb from the early tourist period

 

 

Maori Combs are normally made from whalebone. Early precontact combs tend to be quite plain and later versions very flamboyant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samoan Combs

Tribal combs from samoa

Samoan combs are normally distinguished by the plentiful openwork and extravigent designs

Solomon Island combs

Solomon islands combSolomon Comb 1 Large

Solomon island tribal combs vary depending on which island they come from. the most common variety are made from black palm fronds woven together with orchid fibre.  A less common style uses wood with vegatable paste with inserts of shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Adornments

Marquesas Island hair adornmentYuat River hair adornment

Many Pacific Islanders used combs but some islanders used Adornments in their hair. Although not really combs i think these hair adornments are worthy of note because they are highly collectable

 

 

 

 

 

 

All old tribal combs from the South pacific Islands have some value. The value is determined by the beauty rarity  and condition. If you have a tribal comb and you want to know where it is from or what it is worth please feel free to send me an image

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!

More Images of  Tribal Combs

 

 

tribal comb from collingwood bay in papua new guineaTribal comb made from crocodile jaw from Arapesh people papua new guinea Yuat river hair adornment Rare tribal combs from the torres strait Samoan Hair comb New Caledonian hair comb Hair comb made from carved bamboo from the massim people Superb early maori hair comb Huon gulf hair comb made from bamboo

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