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Prow from a War Canoe

Iatmul, middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: Sold in the 1980’s by Helene Leloup Gallery, Paris. Private New York City collection

War canoes were owned by clans. This prow’s design incorporates a crocodile and human ancestor images to convey power to the war party. Carved with non metal tools this prow is well worn and is a very early example.

Prow from a War Canoe

Iatmul, middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
19th century

Provenance: Sold in the 1980’s by Helene Leloup Gallery, Paris. Private New York City collection

War canoes were owned by clans. This prow’s design incorporates a crocodile and human ancestor images to convey power to the war party. Carved with non metal tools this prow is well worn and is a very early example.