PAINTED RAMU RIVER CANOE PADDLE (2)
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: Likely circa 1940's
Materials: Hardwood, charcoal paint, plant dye
Description: This lovely graphic paddle has much of its design motif painted with dark red plant based stain. Its leaf shape blade is large and broad, measuring 27.5" long and is of slightly concave form. Its design likely mimics specific clan motifs in eye dazzling patterns. It features what appears to be a stylized mudfish with tunnel-like snout on the handle terminal having carved eyes and relief-carved nose. It has acquired a dry varied patina and has wear along its raised medial ridge. Good condition. Varied semi-encrusted salt like patina.
Dimensions: Length 62" (157.5 cm), Width 6.25" (16 cm)
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