Very Rare Fine Vintage Massim Gourd Lime Containers, Png, Papua New Guinea


Very Rare Fine Vintage Massim Gourd Lime Containers, Png, Papua New Guinea

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Very Rare Fine Vintage Massim Gourd Lime Containers, Png, Papua New Guinea:
$425


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Collected in the 1960's by a manager of a large multi-national firm who spent 25 years living and working in PNG in the East New Britain area around Kokopo, this is a stunning Massim Gourd Lime Container carving from the Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province area of Papua New Guinea.. This carving is part of a wonderful collection (1 of 2) amassed by this individual (who wishes to remain anonymous) and her husband over a 25 year period and brought back to Australia in the early 90's. Over 600 pieces in total.

This is a stunning Trobriand Massim gourd lime container with pig tusk and stopper made from rolled up leaf covered with fine basketwork. (I have not opened the stopper in order to leave it in its original condition as found). The pig tusk and the band of burnt-in curvilinear designs are typical of 20th century styles. Coconuts with wooden stoppers were also used. The powdered mineral lime is chewed with betel nut. At contact, special lime pots and spatulas were made from the skulls and bones of deceased relatives. Beautiful piece in very good condition!. This piece is a very rare find and truly should be sitting in a museum. The estimated age of the piece is between 1940’s to 1950’s.This is a stunning collectors piece.

H – 28cm

W – 20cm

D – 20cm

Pre post weight – 10gr

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Very Rare Fine Vintage Massim Gourd Lime Containers, Png, Papua New Guinea:
$425

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