Lot 23
  • 23

Figure de proue de pirogue, Nguzunguzu, Nouvelle-Géorgie, Îles Salomon

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 EUR
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Description

  • Figure de proue de pirogue, Nguzunguzu, Nouvelle-Géorgie
  • wood
  • haut. 15 cm
  • 6 in

Provenance

Collection privée, Allemagne 
Collection Rik Reinking, Hambourg

Condition

Very good condition overall. Wear consistent with age and use within the culture. Losses to the finger tips and trace of wear to the dark patina around the edges. The mother of pearl ornamentation is in very good condition. The holding edge shows wear consistent with age and use and is in good condition.
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Catalogue Note

Les expéditions de chasse aux têtes menées dans les îles voisines jouaient un rôle primordial dans la vie religieuse, économique et politique des Salomon. Fixé à la proue des grandes pirogues de guerre, « le nguzunguzu, auquel on prêtait des facultés sensorielles bien supérieures à celles des hommes, était censé observer, intercepter, réagir et interagir avec n’importe quel esprit malveillant rencontré au cours du voyage » (Mélandri et Révolon, L’éclat des ombres. L’art en noir et blanc des îles Salomon, 2014, p. 124).

Le visage allongé aux traits zoomorphes, qui s’inspire de la morphologie de Tiola (esprit d’apparence canine), suggère que cette figure de proue nguzunguzu provient des Salomon centrales et plus précisément de la Nouvelle-Géorgie. La petite dimension qui la distingue exacerbe ses très belles qualités sculpturales : tension des lignes, grande délicatesse des modelés et finesse des incrustations de nacre contrastant avec la profondeur de la patine sombre.