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With old label stating : ‘prow boat head - Trobriand or Kiriwina Islands - ( Papua New Guinea )’
19 th Century
Size : 46 cm long – 18 ins long
The 'Kula' or sailing dugout canoe is probably their greatest artwork and is the preserve of men trained as carvers within a master / apprentice system . Both carving skills and the knowledge of magic relating to the carvings are passed on within this system .
The Massim people are known for their maritime skills and often undertake long canoe trips across the open seas to trade with the other Islands . The frigate is revered by them as it is a bird of great strength and endurance , and its totemic importance is ever present in the art of the carved prow carried with them on their arduous sea voyages .
|Height||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|