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A Fine Old New Guinea Canoe Prow Ornament Asmat People West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia


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Collection No. TB-496
Size 47 x 17cm
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A Fine Old New Guinea Canoe Prow Ornament Asmat People West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia 

This is a very old part of a Canoe Prow Ornament from the Asmat People in the remote NW West Asmat Area on the South Coast of West Papua Irian Jaya Indonesia.  This beautiful old carving of a highly animated bird probably represents a black Cockatoo which is a potent headhunting symbol for the Asmat People.  It is only part of a larger canoe prow and was I told that it was made by their grandfather and kept as a memory. Dating from the early 20th Century.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art 

I first went to Papua New Guinea in 1985 for an adventure & what I found was that I really enjoyed being with the people of New Guinea, over the next 38 years I spent extensive time spent collecting and documenting traditional art & ceremonies in remote areas of Papua New Guinea & West Papua, The Solomon Islands & Vanuatu & the other Pacific Islands countries. During these travels, I made major collections of New Guinea & Oceanic Art for major Museums and Public Art Galleries

I was honoured by being in the prestigious Louvre Museum Magazine for the collections I made for The Museum of African & Oceanic Art Paris in 1996 (now the Musee Quai Branly) for the exhibition “Asmat et Mimika d’ Irian Jaya April 1996 At THE MUSEE NATIONAL des ARTS D’AFRIQUE et d’ OCEANIE, Paris

See all of the links & photos in my new EXHIBITIONS GALLERY and there is the link to the article in the prestigious Louvre Magazine 1996

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