Rare Canoe Prow, Mawesdai Village, Walckenaer Bay, Papua New Guinea

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Lot 323
Rare Canoe Prow, Mawesdai Village, Walckenaer Bay, Papua New Guinea

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
€ 21,000 - 29,000

African and Oceanic Art

22 May 2018, 15:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Rare Canoe Prow, Mawesdai Village, Walckenaer Bay, Papua New Guinea
Wood
height 10 3/8in (26.5cm)
length 16 3/8in (41.5cm)


Provenance
Todd Barlin, Sydney
Anthony JP. Meyer, Paris, acquired from the above in 1991
Antonio Casanovas, Madrid
Antonio Onrubia Collection, Barcelona

Published
Meyer, Anthony JP., Oceanic Art, Vol.I, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft, mbH, Köln, 1995, p. 62
Onrubia, Antonio, La Diversidad de las Formas, Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.L., Barcelona, 2016

According to Meyer (Ibid., p. 63), "The large hooked nose is consistent with the art of the area extending from the Mamberamo River to Humbolt Bay. The designs on the side of the prow seem to represent fish, possibly a manta ray." The figurehead, with a large, hooked nose most likely represents an ancestral figure positioned at the stern to ward off any malevolent spirits. Carved in light wood with aged, weathered surface, the left panel lost presumably in situ.
Contacts
Rare Canoe Prow, Mawesdai Village, Walckenaer Bay, Papua New Guinea
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