NGUZUNGUZU, SOLOMON ISLANDS

Important Australian and International Fine Art + Important Indigenous Art
Melbourne
29 November 2017
143

A CANOE PROW FIGUREHEAD

NGUZUNGUZU, SOLOMON ISLANDS

natural pigments, clay and trade paint on carved wood with shell inlay

20.0 x 17.0 cm

in form of a zoomorphic head with an elongated snout and the eyes inset with nacre, crowned by hat-like headgear, the hands resting underneath the chin
bears inscription on base: Nangatana, Nggela Is, ASIP 7/35

Estimate: 
$10,000 – 15,000
Provenance

Taylor Dale, Santa Fé , New Mexico, USA
Arcade Arts Gallery, London
Zemanek-Münster,Würzburg, Germany, 24 November 2007, lot 33
Private collection, New South Wales

Literature

Newton, D., Arts of the South Seas: The Collection of the Musée Barbier-Mueller, München, London, New York, 1999, p. 280
Wardwell, A., Island Ancestors: Oceanic Art from the Masco Collection, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1994, p. 132