Canoe Bailer

Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea, Early 20th c.
Previous collection: John Friede, Rye, New York

This wooden Bailer is distinctive and unique. Its form is elegant and refined. But what sets this object apart from other bailers is its finely carved face that morphs into a handle carved in the form of a birds head. The face consists of two protruding eyes and a prominent nose with carved ornament. The image is surreal and powerful. The bailer is very old and well used, with a weathered surface, which is consistent with how it was previously used. The bird head handle also has evidence of a "sweat patina" from handling.

The height is 14 inches
IN 11-13-12/ SOLD