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This Figural Totem is nicely detailed
and was hard to carve especially since Ebony is a very dense wood. This was
collected years ago.
This is a remarquable completely hand carved hand crafted
Melanesian (remote Massim region) Statue Effigy seen on all photos, from the
isolated Trobriand Island Chain , (North of Papua New Guinea, Papousie PNG)
beautifully carved by a local master carver with rudimentary tools.
Amazingly perfect considering the basic tools
used such as pieces of broken shells, rusted nails from shipwrecks found on the
beaches, and sea ray, shark skin or an animal horn or tusk rubbed for days
against the surface till all is smooth, among other sanding materials, and to
produce a sheen on the wood. It is very hard to come across such scarce
collectables unless you go there.
These beautiful art pieces are rare items of
the Kula ring.
We collected many beautiful pieces while in the remote
Trobriands, from carvings (created out of kwila, rosewood and ebony) to
costumes, drums and Kula ring exchange items that we will list whenever we have
In these islands which are rarely visited,
outside influence is at a minimum. The extremely skilled carvers inspire
themselves from what is around them as they have access to nothing else: the
natives, birds, fish, pigs, marine turtles, snakes and whatever they see in
their dreams such as dragons or mystical figures.
Some of these items have very important
meanings as they are used as part of the Kula ring trade system that has
existed between the islands for centuries.
The Kula ring is a system of exchange involving
annual inter-island visits between trading partners who exchange highly valued
shell ornaments and other things during year long sea travels.
This trade ranged from a surplus of
pigs and yams in the Trobriands to the fine art or pottery found in the
Amphletts. Other places became known for obsidian and Betel nut. It is believed
that this myth could be one of the origins of the and the way it functions.
Kula is a ritualized trading culture existing in Eastern which the Trobriands
are part of. It is essentially network of villages joined by a common trade
route, known as the .
By analogy, Kula allows you to
experience the magic and legends of . Kula was and still is a life sustaining
cultural exchange. It is unfortunate that much of the time and energy that was
used in the past to hold together the social foundation is now being clouded
with the desire for money, a by-product of a tourism-based economy. With
influences such as these and the advancement of technology, the intricate
pattern in which traditional values are based is slowly eroding. Kula is the
basis of mental and physical well-being. The has always been associated with
making contact with far off neighbors. Traditionally two kinds of items were
traded; arm bands carved from the toea shell know as Mwali and spondylus shell
necklaces, Soulava. Each of these items was traded individually. Mwali and
Soulava traveled in opposite directions around the (group of islands). Mwali
passed anticlockwise in the ring and were given with the right hand, the
Soulava passed clockwise and was offered with the left hand, first between
villages then from island to island.
Such pieces are used by the indigenous
people of the most primitive areas of Papua New Guinea.These proud people have
managed, in the face of continued government and missionary pressure, to
maintain a culture of incredible depth and beauty. For the most part, they
still live by the same methods as have existed in their remote land for
thousands of years.
We are closing our doors so everything has been reduced!
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We have artifacts and
architectural accents up to 10 ft tall that we will put on upon request because
shipping has to be calculated accordingly with trucking company.
This item has been shown times.
Melanesia Oceanic Art Ebony Pearl Sculpture Figure Staff Totem Hand Carving 1a6: $150