**First Time At Auction**
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River region, ca. mid-20th century CE. A fine spear and canoe prow ornament, hand-built from several painted bark panels which are fastened together with reed strands. The three-pronged prow ornament has a myriad of painted decorations in orange, black, and white hues, with ovoid panels set against a solid orange ground, and a carved wooden mask fastened in the center. A thin spear accompanies the ornament and is formed from natural bamboo with two of the original four barb-shaped spear tips still secured to the top. Size of largest (ornament): 31.5" W x 36" H (80 cm x 91.4 cm).
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection
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