PAINTED RAMU RIVER CANOE PADDLE (5)

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, red plant dye

Description:  This slender paddle with convex leaf shape blade has a series of stylized faces within its design/ clan motifs.  It has deep incising around its shaft about 3 inches down from the base of the blade.  There is a curious stick figure in the center. The shaft of the paddle has a gradual taper with a delicate stepped and flared terminal end.   It has acquired a varied semi-encrusted salt like patina.   In good condition.

Dimensions:   Length 61.5"  (156.25 cm), Width 4.5"  (12.5 cm)

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