San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Exhibition, Parts I & II, 60-144


60. Sioux Indian Pemmican Pounder

Northern Plains. Rounded stone stitched in buffalo hide and sinew for pounding buffalo meat into jerky, energy for a people constantly on the move. Circa War Years, 1860-1880. 

Ex. Steven Shearer, Torrance, CA.

8.25 in. x 3.5 in. x 3.25 / 21 cm. x 9 cm. x 8 cm.




61. Curved Taino Curved Axe

Hispaniola. Similar stone axe illustrated in "Twenty-Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology", Washington, D.C. Circa 1000-1500 AD

Ex. Neil M. Becker, NY

7.25 in. x 2.75 in. x 1.75 in. 18.5 cm. x 7 cm. x 3 cm // 14 oz. / 400 g.




62. Danish Neolithic Edged Tool

A narrow tool created on a white stone with a serrated edge all around. Circa 3-5,000 BC.

Ex. Private Collection, Denmark.

6.25 in. x 1.38 in. / 15.88 cm. x 3.5 cm.




63. Neolithic Sickle Stone, France

Reddish stone with sharp edges all around, notches for attachment. Circa 2000 - 4,000 BC.

Ex. Duncan Caldwell, Paris.

3.75 in. x 2 in. / 9.5 cm. 5.08 cm.




64. Knobbed French Handaxe

Another demonstration that our distant ancestors were capable of invention and ingenuity. Centered knob on cortical base. Late Acheulian Handaxe, Maritime Seine C. 250,000 BC. Now on custom museum stand.

Illustrated in Old World Prehistoric Artifacts, "Overstreet's Indian Arrowheads, Identification and Price Guide", Robert Overstreet, New York, 2001, 7th edition, page 1082, illustration no. 27. 

Ex. Duncan Caldwell, Paris

6 in. x 3 in. / 15 cm. 7.62 cm. 




65. S. California Indian Cloud Blower

Steatite quarried on Catalina Island. Double banded collar. Circa 1500 AD or before. 

Ex. Old California Collection.

7 in. x 1.5 in. / 17.78 cm. x 3.81 // 13.8 oz. / 392 g.

$ 3,500.00




66. Kodiak Island Stone Oil Lamp

An unusually large and well preserved oil lamp. These would have been used with seal or whale oil. Circa 19th Century or earlier. Ex. Taylor Dale, Santa Fe, NM.

7.5 in. x 4 in. x 4 in. / 19.1 cm. x 10.6 cm. x 10.6 cm. // 15 lbs. / 6.80 kg.




67. Pre-Columbian Mapuche Chile Stone Pipe

Grey, volcanic stone. Its state of preservation due to high altitude, dry conditions, cave find. Chile. Circa 1200-1400 AD. On a custom museum stand.

Ex. Kramer Galleries, Buenos Aires; Neil Becker, NY.

10.25 in. x 2 in. / 26 cm. x 5.08 cm // 12 oz. / 350 g.




68. Mound Builder Slate Preform or Ceremonial Celt.

A polished piece of slate. Ohio. Circa 1000 AD.

Ex. Private Mid-West Collection.

8.75 in. x 1.5 in. x 0.65 in. / 22.5 cm. x 4 cm. x 1.5 cm. 




69. Lower Paleolithic Convergent Scraper/Pick, France

Grand Pressigny Region, Circa 350,000 BC

Ex: Patrice Bachelier, France.

8.5 in. / 22 cm.





70. Unusual Fan Shaped Unifacial Lower Paleolithic Scraper, France

A highly unusual shaping of stone into a fan like shape used for cutting and scraping. Circa 300-400,000 BC. On a custom museum stand.

Ex. Josef Aurich, Germany.

7 in. x 4.5 in. / 17.78 cm. x 11.43 cm.





71. S. California Steatite Bowl

Steatite would have been quarried on Catalina Island, and traded along the coast. Blackened patina, beautiful symmetry. Found Santa Paula, 1933. Circa 1000 AD or before.

Ex: Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

4.5 in. 6.5 in / 11.5 cm. x 16.5 cm. // 5 lbs. 6 oz. / 2.45 kg.




72. Indonesian Engraved Oracle Bone

Batak, Indonesia. On a custom museum stand. Late 19th / early 20th Century.

Ex. Los Angeles Private Collection.

13 in. x 2 in. / 33.02 cm. x 5.08 cm.




74. Northwest Coast Indian Gambling Set

48 gambling sticks with "tattooed" engravings. Leather bag. 18th-19th Century. See another example Museum Natural History, NYC, Catalog No: 16.1/ 804 Field No: 63, those identified as Kitikshan, Upper Skeena River. 

Ex: Larry Frank, Arroyo Hondo, NM; Skip Holbrook, Santa Fe, NM.

Individual Stick Length: 5 in. / 12.7 cm.




75. 19th C. Northwest Coast Indian Whaling Harpoon

Nootka or Makah Tribe. Slate blade, sinew core, cord wrapping, bone barbs, pitch on head.

Ex. Steven Shearer, Shearer Splendor,Torrance, CA.

Length: 50.5 in. / 128.27 cm. // Spear Tip: 5.75 in. x 1 in. / 14.6 cm. x 2 cm.





76. Inuit Prehistoric Drum Handle

Ergonomic resting place for thumb on top edge.

Ex. Paul Goldstein, Seattle.

4.5 in. x 1.5 in. / 11 cm. x 4 cm. // 66 g. / .07 kg.





77. Mayan Whistle

A small Mayan ceramic whistle, with figural head and eagle headdress. This piece, abbreviated in antiquity, provides a piercing sound more than a thousand years later. Circa 250-900 AD.

Ex: Allan R. Wigren, NYC.

3.25 in. x 1.24 in. / 8.5 cm. x 3.18 cm.




78. Early NW Coast Haida Tobacco Mortar

NW Coast Ash & Lime Wooden Tobacco Mortar. Clan frog carved on front of bowl Haida Tribe, with Nootkah or Makah face on back of mortar carved at a later date. Circa 1750-1850. 

Ex. Earl W. Duncan, Kansas.

9 in. x 6.5 in. x 3 in. / 22.86 cm. x 16.51 cm. x 7.62 cm.




79. Ancient Dogon Neck Rest, Mali

A small neckrest with three supporting columns. Encrustation showing great age. A cave piece, pre-18th century.

Ex. Private Collection, Paris.

4.75 in. x 8 in. / 20 cm. x 12 cm. // 10 oz. / 0.3 kg.




80. Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Ceramic Bowl

Atlantic Watershed Region, circa 1000-1400 AD. Note the handles which have four circles and four bands on each side.

Ex. Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA;, lot 3PHNG, April 17, 2003.

7 in. x 10 in. / 17.5 cm. x 25.5 cm.




81. Painted Ceramic Spouted Bowl, Middle Bronze Age, Cyprus

From an ancient Cyprus, influenced by neighboring Minoan Culture. Original dark red pigment and a19th century collection number. Intact with no apparent repairs. A piece showing less fine paint is illustrated, plate 22, The Art of Ancient Cyprus, Desmond Morris, Phaidon Press, Oxford. Circa 1800 BC.

Ex. Howard Nowes.

10.25 in. x 3 in. / 26 cm. / 8 cm.




82. NW Persia Polychrome Pitcher 2500 BC.

A polychrome pitcher, "oinoche" from Northwestern Persia with intact handle and spout, unusual in retaining original painted design. No overpainting. Circa 2500 BC.

Ex. Habib Anavian, NYC; lot 3HMKT, January 10, 2002.

8.5 in. x 6 in. / 21.5 cm. x 15 cm. // 2 lbs. / 906 g. / .90 kg.

$ 3,000




83. Zuni Snake Dancer Kachina

A fine Zuni Kachina Snake Dancer. Snakes were important clan animals. Circa 1940’s. On a museum stand.

Ex. Kim Martindale, Venice, CA; John Molloy, NYC.

10.5 in. x 10 in. / 26.67 cm. x 25.4 cm.




84. Hopi Kachina Doll, Elegant Painting

Note the unusual decoration along the side of the doll. Excellent pigments. Circa 1930.

Ex. John Molloy, NYC.

10 in. x 3 in. / 25.4 cm. x 7.62 cm.




85. Hopi Kachina Doll “Sip-Ikine"

The Sip-ikine is a Zuni Warrior Kachina that appeared in the Bean Dance at the First Mesa. Evidence of extensive handling and use. Circa 1920-30.

Ex. John Molloy, NYC.

10 in. x 3 in. / 25.4 cm. x 7.62 cm.




86. Kayan-Dayak Blowgun Tip

Borneo. Hand forged iron. This dates to a period of active headhunting amongst the Kayan-Dayak peoples who had a collective belief in Animism. Taking heads was a means of revenge, and also a way of seizing the strength and power of enemies. Circa late 19th Century.

Ex. Australian Private Collection. Bonham's African and Oceanic Art, sale no. 22484, lot no. 22.

15.5 in. x 1.5 in. / 39.4 cm. x 3.81 cm.

Price on Request.



87. Large Bering Straits Wooden Effigy

An unusually large effigy, an excavated piece. Preserved in frozen ground for more than a thousand years. St. Lawrence Island,Thule Culture, circa 1000 AD.

Ex. Earl W. Duncan, Kansas.

12 in. x 1.5 in. x 4 in. / 30.48 cm. x 3.81 cm. x 10.16 cm.




88. Bete Mask, Ivory Coast Mask

Danced to empower and honor warriors, and at important events such as funerals or entertaining dignitaries. A tribe notable for the equal roles played by men and strong women. Circa late 19th / early 20th century.

Ex: Jo de Buck, Brussels; Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels; Dimondstein Tribal Arts, Los Angeles.

16 in. x 6.5 in. / 40.64 cm. x 16.51 cm.





89. Nepal Shamanic Mask

A fine mask of minimalistic form from the Middle Hills. Circa 19th Century.

Ex. Private Collection, Paris.

9.5 in. x 6.25 in. / 24.13 cm. x 15.88 cm.




90. Central Java Magelang Monkey Mask

Representing Sugriwa, born as human who changed into a monkey.  Circa late 19th Century.

Ex. Dance Troupe; Private Collection, Indonesia.

10.5 in. x 5 in. 26.76 cm. x 12.7 cm.




91. Ibibio, Nigeria Deformation Mask

An Ibibio "deformation" mask, also sometimes referred to as a "ghost" mask. Glossy patination and extensive sign of wear and use. Circa 1920.

Ex. Morton Dimondstein, Los Angeles. Currently on exhibit at Neuehouse, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

13 in. x 7.5 in. / 33 cm. x 19.05 cm.




92. Nepal W. Middle Hills Mask

From an area known for its blend of Buddhist/Hindu/Animist traditions. Circa 1900-1920.

Ex. Himalayan Mercantile, Katmandu.

13 in. x 7 in. / 33 cm. x 17.78 cm.




93. S. California Indian Shell Bead Necklace, Santa Barbara

Shell Beads collected in 1920’s Santa Barbara area.

Ex. Los Angeles Private Collection.

18 in. / 45.72 cm.




94. S. California Indian Abalone Shell Pendants

Collected S. California Coast, 1934. Shaped and drilled in prehistory.

Ex. Private Collection, Palos Verdes, CA.




95. S. California Indian Abalone Shell Pendants, # 2

Collected S. California Coast, 1934. Shaped and drilled in prehistory.

Ex. Private Collection, Palos Verdes, CA.




96. S. California Indian Necklace Abalone and Bone

Abalone shell and bone found Pt. Mugu.

Ex. Marin Collection; Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.

25 in. / 63.5 cm.




97. S. California Indian Bone Tube Bead Necklace

String of bone tube beads.

Ex. Private Collection, Palos Verdes, CA.

32 in. / 81.28 cm.





98. S. California Indian Necklace Olivera Shell

String of old half olivera shells from Placeville Indian campsites. Old patina on shells.

Ex. John Pederson Collection, Central CA; Steve Shearer, Torrance, CA.




99. Ancient Shell Bracelets, W. Solomon Islands

Objects of trade, and currency.

Ex. BC Galleries, Australia.

3.75 in. / 9.53 cm. // 4.25 in. / 10.80 cm. // 4.5 in. 11.43 cm.



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