Maty Island Breadfruit Cutter & Kiribati Island Shark Tooth Weapon-Micronesian Art-Oceanic Art
Despite being just over 100 miles from mainland New Guinea, Maty Island, now Wuvulu Island, is culturally Micronesian with its accordingly spare, minimal and elegant art style. On the left is a breadfruit cutter with bone blade flashed to the shaft with sennit from Wuvulu Island. The piece dates to the late 19th century, comes from the Seymour Lazar Collection of Palm Springs, is 19” (48.2 cm) in height. SOLD On the right is a classic shark tooth sword from Kiribati Island. You can read Nicolas Py’s article on Micronesian Shark Tooth Weapons here.
This one was collected in the 1940s, is 30” (76.1 cm) in height and sells for $1250.