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Heavy Solomon Islands Barava Clam Shell

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Start price: $450

Estimated price: $1,000 - $1,500

Buyer's premium: 25%

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Oceania, Western Solomon Islands, Melanesian Peoples 19th-20th c. Fine carved marble like carving from fossilized clamshell (Tridacna Shell). Symbol of wealth depicting a zoomorphic figure over a large openwork circle.

During the late 19th century a group of fine shell were being used to carve exceptional marble like plaques and their source was only known to the small contingent of Melanesian carvers which were in turn worn as symbols of status or used to adorn structures. Size 5" W x 9" H on included custom stand

Collected prior to 2008, ex-Lacy Gallery (Vanna & Lee Lacy collection), Los Angeles CA. Lacy Gallery was founded upon six decades of collecting ethnographic and fine art. Lee Lacy was a distinguished Hollywood producer of iconic TV series and commercials.. Collected prior to 2008, ex-Lacy Gallery (Vanna & Lee Lacy collection), Los Angeles CA. Lacy Gallery was founded upon six decades of collecting ethnographic and fine art. Lee Lacy was a distinguished Hollywood producer of iconic TV series and commercials.

Condition: Areas of old losses to top of finials, soiling and scratches throughout.