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Lot #9217 - A Superb Old Massim Pearl Shell Kula Ornament in the Form of a Bird, 19th Century,

  • Auction House:
    Theodore Bruce
  • Sale Name:
    Timed Online Auction | The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic and Asian Art | Day II
  • Sale Date:
    09 Aug 2022 ~ 6pm (AEST)
  • Lot #:
  • Lot Description:
    A Superb Old Massim Pearl Shell Kula Ornament in the Form of a Bird, 19th Century,
    Together with an Old Large Solomon Island Shell Pendant with Fine Incised Designs, Makira Island, 19th Century.
    L 17 cm [Ornament], Dia 8 cm [Pendant]
  • Provenance:
    The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art
  • Notes:
    Kula valuables traded purely for purposes of enhancing one's social status and prestige. Carefully prescribed customs and traditions surround the ceremonies that accompany the exchanges which establish strong, ideally lifelong relationships between the exchange parties (karayta'u, "partners"). The act of giving is a display of the greatness of the giver, accompanied by shows of exaggerated modesty in which the value of what is given is actively played down. Such a partnership involves strong mutual obligations such as hospitality, protection and assistance. Kula valuables never remain for long in the hands of the recipients; rather, they must be passed on to other partners within a certain amount of time, thus constantly circling around the ring. However, even temporary possession brings prestige and status. Important chiefs can have hundreds of partners while less significant participants may only have fewer than a dozen.
  • Estimate:
    A$300 - 500
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