PAINTED RAMU RIVER CANOE PADDLE (1)
Origin: New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Lower Sepik, Ramu River. Provenance: Collection of Mary Memory Santa Monica CA. Acquired in the 1980's via personal friend Jean Michel Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau's son). Cousteau acquired it from the National Museum in Port Moresby.
Period/Date: Circa 1940's, possibly older
Materials: Hardwood, charcoal paint
Description: This lovely paddle is the longest in the group. Leaf shape blade with classic central ancestor face/ figure similar to that seen on war fighting shields. Below are a series of painted panels with clan motifs followed by a secondary painted face at the base. It has acquired a varied semi-encrusted salt like patina. and has wear along its raised medial ridge.
Dimensions: Length 70.25" (178 cm), Width 5.75" (14.5 cm)
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