Published: June 6, 2023
DALLAS — On June 2, Heritage Auctions brought almost 400 lots to the block of the Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Signature auction. Bumbling up to the top of the sale was a hardwood feast bowl in the shape of a sow from the Santa Cruz islands, one of only three known to exist. The other two are owned by museums in New Zealand and Australia. Made in the Nineteenth or early Twentieth Century, it was “field collected” in the 1920s by the manager of the Kauri Timber Company while stationed at Vanikoro in the southeastern region of the Solomon Islands. The bowl showed patina from extensive use and did not retain any decorative hair or fibers, but was in very good condition despite some chips and repairs. Price quoted with buyer’s premium, more on this and other top lots to follow.
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