NEW GUINEA AITAPE MEN'S BOARS TUSK CHEST DECORATION

 

 

Origin:  New Guinea, North West Coast between Aitape and Wewak  (Provenance: Acquired from an old collection of ethnic jewelry and adornment in Chicago)

Period/Date:  Circa 1900-1930's

Materials:  Wood, rattan, Boars tusks, plated fiber, Nassa Shell, Abrus seeds and tree sap based adhesive

Description:  This very iconic style pectoral can be found in most books on New Guinea art or ethnic jewelry.  These were not only a display of wealth and prestige but were effective in battle for protection against arrows.  It can also be classified as a cuirass body armor.   In good condition with normal wear and minor losses.  An old glued mend to the upper left tusk having collection number in red paint" 62.1.  A custom  stand may be ordered for an additional fee.

Dimensions:   Height 10"  (25.5 cm), Width 8 7/8"  (22.5 cm), Overall Height 14.5" (37 cm) including fringe cord

Price: SOLD

 

Note that the surface of the tusks have more use patina but my shots are somewhat overexposed causing detail to be washed out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

                               

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