Oceanic Art - Image Enlargement

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Feb_07_261

Feb_07_261

Feb_07_261

Feb_07_261

This whimsical piece is a "talipoon" bride price payment from the Yangoru Boiken people of Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province. These pieces were used as a form of currency and are one of the most unique and enigmatic forms of Oceanic art. The top section consists of a woven cane "bee hive" shape surmounted by two small "taro" shapes topped with carved wooden hornbill beaks. This woven part is attached to a cut and polished green turban sea shell traded in from the coast. The piece is 17" in height. sold