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Lot #22 - A Barava Ornament, Western province, Solomon Islands

  • Auction House:
    Theodore Bruce
  • Sale Name:
    Fine Aboriginal, Oceanic & Tribal
  • Sale Date:
    02 Dec 2018 ~ 3pm (AEDT)
  • Lot #:
  • Lot Description:
    A Barava Ornament, Western province, Solomon Islands
    this fine open work carved clam shell object is called 'barava,' ornate openwork plaques created in the Western Solomon Islands. The designs on some barava are geometric, but many include stylised human figures interspersed with forms that resemble faces, shown with spiral eyes and grinning mouths filled with minute teeth. Barava appear to have been associated with burial places and were reportedly used to adorn structures housing the skulls of prominent men or slain enemies or placed on graves. In the past, some barava formed part of vovoso, powerful charms in war canoes during headhunting expeditions to protect the crew and ensure success
    32 x 23 cm
  • Provenance:
    Todd Barlin, Sydney; The Elizabeth Pryce Collection, Sydney
  • Estimate:
    A$6,000 - 8,000
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