Lot: 190

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Deux ornements de proue de canoe

Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - Baie de Humboldt, Village de Walamo

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
American Private Collection L: 55 cm & 57,5 cm 2000 EUR
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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.