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Papua New Guinea Gulf area club. Long, flattened ovoid form with incised ancestor figure to tip. Early 20th century. Fine blackened patina' data-content='In broad terms, patination refers to the exterior surface appearance of the timber, the effect of fading caused by exposure to sunlight and air over the course of a century or more, changing the piece to a soft, mellow colour.<br><br>As patina is very difficult to replicate, it is one of the most important guides to determining the age of furniture.<br><br>Patina is also the term applied to the bloom or film found on old bronzes due to oxidisation.'>patination. Length 131 cm

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