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A Melanesian (Cook Islands) greenstone ceremonial axe blade of trapeziod outline, bearing paper label of McAlpine Collection, pre 1880, 27 cm long, 8 cm wide. Provenance: The Collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green (M2756), Erasmus & Co
A model funerary canoe, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal or Nggela Island, Melanesia (circa 1900), inlaid pearl shell and resin on carved wood, 99 cm long. For two closely related examples see, Kevin Conru, Solomon Islands Art, Musumeci Spa, Italy, 2008, pp. 86-8
Two Melanesian grass skirts. Provenance: from the collection of Thomas Capel Tilly, Royal naval officer, who came to the Pacific on the HM Cordelia, later becoming the Commander of the Melanesian Mission's ship the ' Southern cross.'. Length 55 cm. Width 7
A Solomon Islands shell money necklace. Made from Conus shells. Provenance: Collected by Captain Tilly, Captain of the Melanesian Mission ship 'The Southern cross.' Literature: an almost identical necklace pictured in Roger Neich and Fuli Pereira's 'Pacifi
A Melanesian bow the medium brown wood of oval section, tapering to each end with one surface black stained, also with a Melanesian paddle, the blade with linear carved decoration and some loss to blade edge, length 173 cm
19th century Melanesian canoe-shaped food bowl with two dimensional carved decoration below rim of stylised bird in centre with sealife on either side. Inlaid with white lime and brown overlay to higher points. Provenance: Gifted in the 1880s. Length 70 cm
A 19th century Melanesian Palmwood spear of oval section tapering to both points, with some carved details. Provenance; collected by a close friend of and gifted to the vendors' great grandfather in the 1880s. Length 236 cm.
Two 19th century Melanesian Palmwood Bows tapering to each point, the flattened surface and curved sides black paste painted, the upper curve russet stain remnants, each with twisted fibre strings. Provenance; collected by a close friend of and gifted to t
A 19th century Melanesian bow the medium brown wood of oval section, tapering to each point, the surfaces with good patination. Provenance; collected by a close friend of and gifted to the vendors' great grandfather in the 1880s. Length 141 cm.
A 19th century Melanesian ceremonial mask the wood mask semi-enclosed, the exaggerated nose and hooked nostrils notch carved and infilled with lime, the mouth showing the lips, teeth and tongue with a small pierced opening just below the tongue, blue pigme
A fine 19th century Melanesian oval shaped large deep bowl just below the rim the wooden bowl is simplistically two dimensionally carved decorated with three frigate bird type motifs with white lime painted notch and groove incised elements to emphasise ef
Two 19th century Melanesian split cane Combs each one the teeth lashed together on a cross bar, secured by vegetable fibre and coated with black paste and pigment, bound into a tapering and flattened upper body bound by natural fibres and covered with vege
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