Geelvink Bay, West Papua New Guinea
This Canoe Prow, most likely from a fishing canoe, is carved in the form of a Korwar figure. Korwar figures are protective agents. The distinctive hooked facial features are common to Korwar heads and seamlessly connect to a complex curvilinear abstract pattern, which make up the figure’s body. The wood is heavily eroded from contact with water, giving the prow a soft worn texture.
Height: 7 1/2 in.