Arthur Palmer - Aboriginal, Oceanic & Tribal Art

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Tribal Art - Buying and Selling

This blog will be devoted to discussing all aspects of buying and selling Tribal art and Artefacts, particularly in the areas of Australian Aboriginal and Oceanic material culture.

Aspects to be debated shall include:

  • Notions of collectability
  • Age
  • Beauty
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Aesthetics
  • Ethno-aesthetics
  • Provenance
  • Authentication
  • Anonymous masterpieces
  • Dealers, Collectors and Museums
  • Ethics of Field Collection
  • White men or white ants?
  • Building a significant collection
  • How to get a better return on your boomerang
  • eBay vs. Galleries and dealers vs. collectors and traders
  • Aboriginal Traditional vs. Contemporary
  • Investment market - what's hot what's not
  • Bargains - when is a cheap bargain an expensive error
  • Trends in Tribal and the Asmat Indicator
  • Is eBay and the power of overseas currency vaccuming Australia of all significant tribal pieces?
  • eBay and the impact of Australian Heratige Legislation
  • Museum quality?
  • Stone cut?
  • Pre contact?
  • Patina?
  • Condition?
  • Traditional?
If you would like further information please feel free to visit our website


  • Hi Arthur, Congratulations on a very interesting web-site full of character and information and excellent photography. I'm a newcomer to tribal art as a result of offering items from Adelaide's Artempus Gallery thru my eBay store. Tribal art has opened up a whole new fascinating world of collecting for me and one of the things I like about it is the uniqueness of every item - and the story or provenance attached to every item. Your web site epitomises that - and I look forward with interest to reading comments from other contributors especially about the trading of tribal artefacts.

    By Blogger Oz-eShowcase, at April 21, 2006 10:12 PM  

  • oz-eshowcase is so right it is a realy great web site, I too am a new collector and there are too few gallery type web sites that are so user friendly, many of them
    seem to act like a secret society,
    really look foward to seeing advice
    re the things like provenance and
    information about how to care for
    store and display the older wooden

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 02, 2006 4:24 PM  

  • Any Spatulas ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 27, 2006 6:01 AM  

  • hello I am located in paris english sometimes not the best. Pardon for that. I have visited your site and have been disappointed to find there is not prices i understand the nature of business, but it does make it hard to know outlay for mulitple items for a collection if there is no price guides.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 03, 2006 4:49 PM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 03, 2008 6:36 PM  

  • I have a genuine Bow and Arrow set from the New Guinea highlands that was given to my husband and myself in 1993 while we were living in PNG. I would be interested in selling but do not know how to go about it. The bow has 2 string attachments and 16 arrows all with the genuine detachable hunting/war heads on them. I can send photos if you are interested.

    By Anonymous Klara Cheasley, at April 04, 2013 11:09 AM  

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