Tom Hurst has collected Tribal Art from a young age, passionate and focused he has an eclectic collection with many of his pieces attached to historically important provenances. 


Instagram: totallyoriginalmerchandise


Elema drum



Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

Late 19th C

72cm long


In the form of a shark or crocodile's open mouth, this drum

has four spirit/ancestral faces and, unusually, the decoration

continues around the handle. It has a wonderful

old surface and traces of white pigment. Old shadow where drum head string was.

A Haida carved rifle stock


North West Coast

Mid-late 19th C

53cm long


A US Springfield rifle that made its way over to the Haida. US stamped on the butt plate. Possibly an 1855 model M1855 Springfield Carbine.


Carved with a raven head and a running/crouching bear, it must have later broken whilst in the Haida's possession, the stock now only remaining. Applied leather wrap.

A leopard mask


Possibly Tanzanian

Early 20th C

20.5cm high


Not exactly sure of the origin of this mask, a bit of a mystery. It has a good encrusted surface. An old break/repair, loose.

A Latmul turtle shell and wickerwork armband

Central Sepik, Papua New Guinea

Early-mid 20th Century

17cm high


Two Ingessana throwing knives (sai)


Both 84cm long


Very fine decoration, unusual figurative depictions to one, a man riding a camel and a man with a sword.

A Marupai ornament

Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

12.5cm long


A dwarf coconut, decoration infilled with lime, remnants of blue pigment. A lovely tactile object.

A Kongo terracotta pipe bowl


5.5cm long

Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection


Figure to front and stylized spider. Very slight chips.

A Nassa shell armband

Papua New Guinea

13cm long


A horn pipe


Late19th C

45cm long

Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection



Wonderful form. 

A group of ten brass Ashanti goldweights


19th C

Longest 5.5cm

Provenance: Ex. Professor Leonard E. Newton Collection.


An Ifugao or Batak pipe

Philippines or Indonesia

19cm high.
Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection


This is an unusual form of pipe having a figure to one end, his hand covering one eye and a snake eating a frog to the other, the frog merging with the pipe's bowl. Wonderful geometric designs. 


A Yoruba Kola nut box in the form of a rabbit



Early 20th C

23cm long


A rather charming representation of a rabbit.

Two Igorot pipes.

Northern Luzon, Philippines
Late 19th and early 20th C

14cm and 18cm long
Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection

£280 each.

One has canework to stem and a clay bowl with a bird's head (very slightly chipped), possibly Tinguian people, the other brass, the bowl being a figure, it also has its scraper.

Two Mangbetu ivory oliphants


Late19th C

35cm and 48.5cm long

Provenance: Ex. Professor Jim Green Collection

Larger of the two SOLD the smaller £110

One with a large chunk missing and the other cracked, although nice and tight.

A steatite pipe

Possibly from Afghanistan

14.5cm long 

Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection.


This is probably in the form of a Bactrian deer, having circle decoration. 

A similar example in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. No. APM 07.875

An iron horse bit. Bauchi province



19th C

50.5cm long

Provenance: Arthur Holdsworth Groom, District Officer, Nigeria 1905 - 1917.

Loaned to the Castle Museum, Norwich in 1911.

Liverpool Museum.


A boar tusk currency bracelet


New Hebrides

Early-mid 20th C

10.5cm in diamiter


A Benin anthropomorphic leopard box

Late 19th C

46.5cm long

Provenance: The Reverent Edward Thomas Pakenham, Church Missionary Society Superintendent. Stationed in Owo, Oshogbo and Lagos 1909-1921.


Old break to tail.


An Inuit seal skin pouch


13cm long


Probably for fish hooks. A few small worn patches.

A Senufo bird head heddle pulley

18cm high without stand


An old repair with nails

Three leather belts.

19th C

Provenance: Ex. Trevor Barton Pipe Collection


Two belts have tinder or flint pouches (chuckmucks), one with two pouches, two with knives, one with a pair of cased tongs and the other with a medicine spoon, (probably silver). Also a belt with brass mounts depicting animals, also another tinder pouch.

A Zulu shield

South Africa

19th C

60.5cm long


  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram