Gould, John and Sharpe, Richard Bowdler. The birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands, including many new species recently discovered in Australia. London, 1875-88. Five volumes large folio, with 320 hand-coloured lithographed plates, contempora
A giant Clamshell ring, 'Yua', a large YUA, with perfect circular centre, decorated with fine and carefully graded nassa shells, woven onto a fibre band. This YUA also has the cut designs on one edge, sometimes interpreted as the hornbill beak. The
A giant clamshell ring, 'Yua', a very large Yua, with perfect circular centre; this shell ring is particularly thick, adding to its inherent value. These are used as currency and are very valuable; particularly important in bride price transactions, Prince
A giant clamshell ring, 'Yua', a very large Yua, with perfect circular centre, decorated with fine and carefully graded nassa shells, woven onto a fibre band. These are used as currency and are very valuable; particularly important in bride price transacti
A human hair wig, a fully decorated man's wig with a large central cassowary feather top knot. Also decorated with cuscus fur, scarab beetle carapaces, parrot and cassowary feathers. These wigs are worn by Big Men in ceremony, Wahgi Valley, Western Hig
A Massim Splashboard, with intricate sweeping design to top decorated with store paints, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea. Provenance: D.G. Mills, Sanaroa Plantation, Welles Island, 1970s, 55 x 46 cm
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