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  • Indonesian Betel Nut Cutters Circa 1800
    A very old set of bronze BETEL NUT cutters from the INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO. We have dated these as early 1800's but they could well earlier.This is one of several sets from a collection that we are listing....this one is really very old and has remnants of a gilt coating ....has decoration of a Lion at top and a further Lion Head on the bottom arm. The Cutters are 5 3/4" in length with the width varying from around 2 - 2 1/2".
    NZ$ 175.00
  • DAYAK Figurine - Borneo - Indonesia - Circa 1880 - 1910
    A superb Dayak ancestral figure standing 14" tall. This is a very old piece as can be seen by the patina and splits to wood....also a chip off base at back.Note the tribal markings to head and back. The Dayak or Dyak /ˈdaɪ.ək/ are the native people of Borneo. The name DAYAK is a loose term for over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, although common distinguishing traits are readily identifiable. Dayak languages are categorised as part of the Austronesian languages in Asia. The Dayak were animist in belief. Many however, converted to Christianity, and some to Islam more recently. Estimates for the Dayak population range from 2 to 4 million.
    NZ$ 275.00
  • Australian Aboriginal WOOMERA or Spear Thrower - Circa 1900 - 1920
    This 33 1/2" long (85 cm) antique Aboriginal Woomera or Spear Thrower dates to around the early 1900's as far as we can ascertain.... it is very difficult to give precise dating on such pieces but this is a genuine old one. The Woomera is in good preserved condition...it has a minor crack to bowl ...refer pictures.... but is complete with the peg and old bindings, plus the Spinifex Grass Gum nob to the handle end is in very good condition.The piece has no decorative markings but all the small carvers marks show clearly over the whole of it's length . Woomera's are also called 'Miru' by the indigenous Central Desert people and as well as being a Spear Thrower the curved interior section would be used like a Coolamon bowl for the preparation of food or preparing ochre for ceremonial purposes. A Coolamon is a bowl like a curved wooden tray which has been used by many Aboriginal tribes as a gathering tool. It is primarily used as a dish to hold food. This RARE AUTHENTIC Aboriginal artefact is very much a Collectors piece and most such pieces are generally held in museums or private collections.
    NZ$ 695.00

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