Admiralty Carvers Adze Handle
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Admiralty Carvers Adze Handle

Galerie Meyer-Oceanic Art

Date 19th/20th century

Epoque 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century

Origine Melanesia

Medium Wood with lime and ocher

Dimension 43.7 cm (17¹/₄ inches)

A small master-carver adze-handle, or dellei. The figure carved on the heel is a male ancestral representation wearing a coif shaped like a European hat. The handle which is slotted for a thin stone blade is incised with zig-zag decor representing a crocodile maw and the butt is decorated with a three-dimensional crocodile. Pak Island (?), Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG, Melanesia.

Date: 19th/20th century

Epoque: 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century

Origine: Melanesia

Medium: Wood with lime and ocher

Dimension: 43.7 cm (17¹/₄ inches)

Provenance: Acquired from Herma Visser.

Literature: Illustrated : Art of the Pacific Islands & Eskimo Art - TEFAF 2012, Galerie Meyer, N° 24.

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Galerie Meyer-Oceanic Art

Tribal Art dealer specializing in early Oceanic Art since 1980 and archaic Eskimo Art since 2010

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