A Superb Asmat Canoe Prow Ormament
|Size||Length 127cm and Height 40cm|
This very fine Asmat Sculpture was once on the front of a large war canoe that help 20 or men standing up paddling. The main figure is a highly abstracted figure of a bird, likely a black Cockatoo which is am important Asmat symbol associated with ritual head hunting in their past. The canoe prow can be viewed in either position either as a vertical or horizontal sculpture, my photos show both. This amazing canoe ornament I field collected in the remote Northwest Asmat area in 1986. I was told that it belonged to the grandfather of the owner going back probably to the 1940’s, it was kept as a family heirloom. I later sold it to Peter Hallinan and it was a long time part of his famous collection on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
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