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Lot 0094
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River region, ca. mid 20th century CE. A beautiful example of a wooden canoe prow with an avian form - a long-beaked, heron-like bird whose head meets emerges proudly from the front, its body carved in high relief along the surface of the prow. The entire body is painted a dark, shiny green. The bird depicted is probably a friarbird, believed in this region to be a messenger from the ancestors who will watch over fishermen at sea. Size: 20.25" L x 8.65" W (51.4 cm x 22 cm); 11.2" H (28.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: ex-private Tucson, Arizona, USA collection; ex-Ron Perry collection; Ron Perry collected art and artifacts for more than 40 years in New Guinea and the South Pacific. He collaborated with Carolyn Leigh to write a book entitled, "Art Dealer in the Last Unknown: Ron Perry & New Guinea Art: the early years 1964-1972" (2011)

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Wear to surface commensurate with age, with small areas of scratching and losses to pigment. One corner is missing from the lower end as shown.

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20th C. Papua New Guinea Carved Canoe Prow - Bird

Estimate $600 - $900Mar 1, 2018