Lot 228 - The Todd Barlin Collection - Sale AS0213

Lot 228
Two Old and Used Canoe Prow Ornaments, Humboldt Bay Area, West Papua; both on custom stands, one is in the form of a Bird and the other with a bird finial and multiple stylized fish. Collected by Todd Barlin

"I Collected these at Depapre Village in 1986. When I saw all the canoes had these old Canoe Ornaments and I asked to buy some, the reaction was quite funny they simply said "Of course not, we need them for our Canoes for their safety", meaning they still had great importance in their culture. A few people had old ones that were left from relatives and these they were willing to sell." - Todd Barlin
27cm, 47cm (2)
Estimate $ 400-600


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