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Old Oceanic Turtle Shell Bracelet - Armband / Trobriand-new Guinea-south Pacific For Sale
Antique South Pacific Turtle Shell Armband ~ Trobriand Islands or Sepik River ~
Early to Mid 20th Century
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Length - 3 1/8"
Width / Diameter - 2 3/4"
A South Pacific tortoise shell bracelet or armband originating from the Trobriand Islands or Eastern Sepik River of New Guinea.
The whole surface is engraved with complex geometric designs and has remnants of the lime fill and red pigment. The engraving was done by an experienced artisan and is very finely executed.
The armband - bracelet is of traditional form and they were highly valued by the culture.
This piece has a beautiful worn patina and shows good age, probably early 20th century and possibly made with stone tools. Examples of this artistic quality from the early 20th century and in this condition are rare.
1940's or earlier.
This piece is in excellent ethnographically used condition. The designs are clear and beautiful showing traces of the lime fill and some red ceremonial pigment. Fine old glossy patina from wear and use. No losses or damage.
Purchased from an older collection of tribal art in Northern California.
PLEASE NOTE :
The low opening offer, with , is not meant to reflect upon the actual monetary value of the piece. My sales are structured this way to encourage offerding and to allow the final sale price to be determined by the buyers.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Oceanic or South Pacific art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Eames Era, Modernist, Ethnographic, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
Please look carefully at all the photographs to view the details and condition of the piece. Please e-mail with any questions ... we always respond quickly!
Shipped from Brisbane, California, USA. International shipping by USPS.
Items shipped to a location in California are subject to CA State sales tax.All of our pieces are guaranteed authentic, as described, and to your satisfaction, with a full money-back guarantee, including return shipping, if returned promptly and in good condition.