PAINTED RAMU RIVER CANOE PADDLE (3)

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 elegant paddle with leaf shape blade has a central stylized ancestor face combined with classical clan motifs.  It has incising around its shaft about 3 inches down from the base of the blade.   The shaft of the paddle has a gradual taper with a delicate stepped and flared terminal end.   It has acquired varied semi-encrusted salt like patina.  In good condition with some minor loss to the top left edge which is well worn down from age and use.

Dimensions:   Length 64.5"  (62.5 cm), Width 5 7/8"  (15 cm)

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