Ceremonial Staff (Wari Hau)

Ceremonial Staff (Wari Hau)

Wood, chambered-nautilus shell

Solomon Islands

42,5cm x 4cm

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This Wari Hau features delicately carved sections with mother-of-pearl shell inlays around its faceted shaft and pointed head. Wari Hau batons were worn by men who had "paid the price of blood" during ceremonies, hanging on their back. 

Sioux Headdress

Sioux Headdress

Eagle feathers (32), horsehair, fur, pearls

Great Plains, North America

Collected circa 1890

90cm x 75cm

 

Prov: Galerie Jacques Dutko, Paris

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This beautiful war bonnet was once worn by a Native American Indian from the Sioux Lakota tribe, mostly for ceremonial occasions. Each feather represented a brave deed performed in battle and many times, the first feather earned by a warrior was given to him for being seen as an adult member of the tribe.

 

Kapkap

Kapkap

Fossil tridacna, carved shell

New Ireland,

Papua New Guinea

16cm

 

Prov.: Gabriella Roy, Sydney

Galerie Bovis, Paris

A superb example of these ceremonial ornaments, worn by men on the chest or the forehead. The anthropomorphic figures on the shell make it an extremely scarce and a collector's item. Kapkap from new Ireland are considered as the most beautiful ones.

Rare Valdivia Idol

Rare Valdivia Idol

Stone, some traces of surface

streaks left by a lithic tool

Valdivia Culture

Ecuador (3500-1800 BC)

21,5cm x 12,5cm x 10cm

 

Provenance: Guillot-Munoz collection

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This rare idol is sculpted on all six sides revealing the emblematic figure of a shaman with owl attibutes. On both front and rear, the wings are represented folded up and eyes wide open as a sign of foresight and vigilance, and on the sides, his limbs are geometrized with balance.