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    Papua-New Guinea
    Southern New Ireland/ New Britain
    Ceremonial Dance Axe
    Wood, iron, pigment
    Length: 48 inches Width: 9 ½ inches

    Axes of this type are documented in nineteenth century collection contexts as coming from both southern New Ireland and New Britain. Since there is some indication in early reports of their connection with tubuan (spirits of the collective dead which are important in life-cycle rites), this is understandable, as tubuan probably originated in southern New Ireland, from which it went, with the Tolai people themselves, to New Britain (Sean Kingston in Michael Gunn and Philippe Peltier. New Ireland Art of the South Seas. Paris and Milan: Musée du quai Branly/ 5 Continents Editions, 2006, pp.94-101). In addition to minor paint losses, there is missing wood on one side of the wood point and the metal axe blade has a center chip and a missing corner.

    Provenance:
    From an Australian collection
    TAD Tribal Art and Design (Taylor A. Dale), Santa Fe
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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