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Lot No. 91


A small 'Hornbill' Agiba, Papuan Gulf


Papua New Guinea, wood, hornbill skull (not endangered), 47,5 cm high. A small Agiba with a hornbill skull attached. The large Agibas were used for hanging human skulls. Together with its skulls, an Agiba was both a shrine and a source of supernatural power. The display was a status symbol which marked the clan's prowess in warfare and hunting.

Provenance:
Francois Coppens, St. Niklaas.

Specialist: Joris Visser Joris Visser
+32-2-514 00 34

Joris.Visser@dorotheum.com

13.10.2022 - 17:16

Estimate:
EUR 6,000.- to EUR 7,000.-
Starting bid:
EUR 5,000.-

A small 'Hornbill' Agiba, Papuan Gulf


Papua New Guinea, wood, hornbill skull (not endangered), 47,5 cm high. A small Agiba with a hornbill skull attached. The large Agibas were used for hanging human skulls. Together with its skulls, an Agiba was both a shrine and a source of supernatural power. The display was a status symbol which marked the clan's prowess in warfare and hunting.

Provenance:
Francois Coppens, St. Niklaas.

Specialist: Joris Visser Joris Visser
+32-2-514 00 34

Joris.Visser@dorotheum.com


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Auction: Tribal Art
Date: 13.10.2022 - 17:16
Location: Vienna | Palais Dorotheum
Exhibition: 06.10. - 13.10. 2022