SAM HANDBURY MADIN

Sam has been dealing in Tribal Art since leaving university a third generation of antiques dealer, he has always been surrounded by items with a story to tell. 

Sam has been dealing privately, for a number of years, meeting many like-minded dealers, collectors and enthusiasts. Attracted to the aesthetic quality and the tactile nature of Tribal Art he is driven by the journey of discovery. 

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Exhibits

Woven shell currency (wafu)

From Lumi highlands, Papua New Guinea

Date: Mid 20th Century

Condition: In good condition with a few shells missing  in places  

Dimensions:  68 cm long x 18.5 cm wide

Provenance:  Ex private UK collection 

Price: £450.00

Notes: These currency weavings make great interior designs objects. Thousands of tiny shells are stitched on to a thin layer of bark which would have taken hours to make. They were often worn strapped across the back of an individual & the larger the weaving the more important the person was considered to be. They were also used a currency in important transactions between tribes. 

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Clam shell currency ring from The Solomon Islands

 

Date: Late 19th / early 20th Century

Condition: In good condition with some chips in places  

Dimensions:  10 cm diameter x 1.6 cm thickness

Provenance:  Ex private UK collection 

SOLD

Notes: This currency ring would have been used in the Solomon Islands as money & it would have been carved from a much larger piece of shell. Shell currency was used for everyday transactions across Oceania & this shell could been used for as part payment for a bride’s dowry. 

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Pipe bowl from Bemba tribe, Zambia

 

Date: 19th Century

Condition: In good condition with some native repairs  

Dimensions:  33 cm high x 12 cm wide

Provenance:  Ex private UK collection 

Price: £850.00

 

Notes: This pipe would have been owned & used by a person of high status. It has a number of native repairs - it is also sacred item that was well cared for & loved during its use in tribal life.

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Fang axe from Gabon

Date: 19th Century

Condition: In good condition with some wear to the shaft  & handle  

Dimensions:  50.5 cm high x 20.5 cm wide

Provenance:  Ex private UK collection 

Price: £900.00

 

Notes: This axe would have been owned & used by a person of high status. It has a couple of brass studs & some engraved designs towards the top of the handle which indicate it was owned by someone of high rank. 

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Mounted shell currency

 

 

From: West New Britain,  Papua New Guinea

Date: Early / Mid 20th Century

Condition: In good condition with a few chips around the edges

Dimensions:  21.5 cm wide x 16.5 cm high (excluding mount)

Provenance:  Ex private Scottish collection 

Price: £550.00

Notes: These beautiful shells were used in New Britain as currency. It is expertly carved with traditional notched section on the right hand side & drilled holes towards the top where feathers or other adornments were attached with bush string. This shell has some engraved names on the surface which could have been done by a previous owner. 

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