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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 414

    R. Schmidt (early 20th Century)

    A Tapu Virgin, British Solomon Islands

    Price Realised  

    R. Schmidt (early 20th Century)
    A Tapu Virgin, British Solomon Islands
    signed and dated 'R.SCHMIDT 1917' (lower left) with inscription 'A Tapu Virgin, British Solomon Islands at the launching of a new war canoe in New Georgia two virgins are taken from the tribe, one is publicly sacrificed, and the other kept in seclusion from 4 to 5 years. During this time an old woman acts as guard over her. Should she break the tabu she is put to death. The skulls on the sticks are a sign to all that if they molest her their heads will be stuck up in the same way. The object in the back-ground is a skull box. The large necklace is of dogs teeth.' on a paper label attached to the reverse
    oil on board
    unframed
    16 3/8 x 12in. (41.7 x 30.5cm.)


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