Lot: 190

99th Auction

Two canoe prow ornaments

Papua New Guinea - Humboldt Bay, Walamo Village

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
American Private Collection L: 21.7 inch & 22.6 inch 2000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, rest.

Early examples of intricately carved prow ornaments as made for Walamo fishing canoes.

Traditionally, they are carved with the head of the "Friar bird" ("leather head"), which is believed by the local people to be a messenger from their ancestors, as well as guardians watching over the fishermen at sea.