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    A Waiwai Cosmetic Basket and a South American Hand Broom
    Guyana/Northern Brazil, 20th century

    The cosmetic case is made of double-weave split cane in natural and dark contrasting colors. The pattern is one of opposing scorpions contained with geometric linear patterns. A case such as this is worn suspended from the shoulder and contained toilet articles: a comb, mirror, fire-making instruments and other personal items. Generally, they are made by a man for his wife and in-laws as partial payment for their daughter. The hand broom is complex construction of wood and reeds. Both in good condition. The broom glazed in a shadow box frame.

    Exhibition and Publication of the Waiwai cosmetic case:
    From the Spirits: Native Art of the Americas, 1992, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park Florida, catalog by I.S.K. Reeves V, catalog #135 (not illustrated) with detailed description page 95.

    Lengths: 12 and 14 ½ inches

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2020
    29th Friday
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