Massim Canoe Ornament Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea
|Size||46cm x 31cm|
This is a superb example of a Massim Canoe Flag Ornament called munkuris is from the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea, old & beautifully carved this Canoe Flag Ornament was from the front of a large ocean going canoe that were used in the complex Kula trading circle.
The elegant shape of this Canoe Ornament with the main design elements are stylised birds and the designs are highlighted remnants of old red and black paint. The Canoe Ornament would date from the 1950’s
Kula is a complex trading cycle that can make lifetime trading partners and social connections over the many that make up the Milne Bay Province. Often refereed to as the” Massim” a term originating from Misima Island. Massim societies are usually characterised by matrilineal decent and elaborate mortuary rites that are part of the Kula trading system. Canoes were they main way of travelling by people in Milne Bay Province, they were able to travel long distances using a single sail made from fibre matts. This area on New Guinea made some of the most beautiful artworks from all of New Guinea, the Massim, are well known for their beautiful lime spatulas, canoe ornaments and yam house decorations and their artworks are featured in many major museum collection and displays around the world.
Provenance: From the collection of the late David Baker (1943-2009 ) who was the president of The Oceanic Arts Society of Australia and was a great collector, expert & supporter of Oceanic Art & Cultures.
The Todd Barlin Collection of Papua New Guinea Art & Oceanic Art
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