RARE PHILIPPINE BONTOC ELDER'S BRASS STAFF
Northern Luzon, Bontoc tribe
(Provenance: Ex. collection of Lawrence Bishop. During the
1980's Lawrence was Vice President of Hemmeter Art Services, a division of the
Hemmeter Group, and traveled the world with Chris Hemmeter Jr. purchasing Tribal
and Asian Art for their corporate installations. He also established for the
firm "The Hemmeter Collection" galleries which he oversaw on Kauai, Maui, and
the Island of Hawaii. He is perhaps best known for the Polynesian Art he
acquired for Hemmeter which was later published in the book "Art of Polynesia",
with a special introductory essay by Dr. Terrance Barrow and the text by John
Period/Date: Circa 1900
Materials: Hardwood, brass, rattan, red dye. Turtle shell
Description: Unknown to some people, there was a thriving tradition of "brass casting" in the mountain province. The staff finial features a male wearing a loin cloth with hands outstretched. On the upper part of the shaft there is a curious Turtle shell band which was incorporated as a talisman, wealth adornment or both. In good condition but is missing its iron end cap on the tip.
Dimensions: Overall Height 44.75" (112.5 cm), FINIAL: Width 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) Height 3.75" (9.5 cm)
Price: $850 Currency Conversion A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee
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