Canoe prow

Canoes have a crocodile carved on the prow for good luck. When the canoes become unusable, the prow is cut off and kept as a separated figure as it is believed that canoes embody ancestral and shamanic spirits.

Date/Period
Mid 20th century
Region
Marik lake, Papua New Guinea
Dimension
Object size: H22.0 x W39.0 x D81.5cm
Accession No.
W-0488
Material
WOOD
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr.A.C.Galstawn
Category
Woodcarving