10872. Asmat Prow of a Soul Boat - Wuramon
Papua New Guinea, possibly 19th Century AD, definitely carved pre contact.
Long narrow boat, with strong abstract pattern carved on exterior, small size as it is a soul boat of hollowed canoe form. The relief motif on exterior is in flowing organic patterns detailed with areas of reptilian bands, and a beak-like opening below pointed end. Some age breaks, light loss at pointed end, else intact. Encrusted deposits, dark patina. Size 37 inches (94cm) L. Provenance: collected in the field by Countess Ingeborg de Beausacq, before 1959; Ingeborg de Beausacq (1910-2003) was an American photographer and explorer of german origin; She led an adventurous life, lived in Paris, Brazil, New York, she visited Thailand, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Greece and Nepal. She spent three years in Papua New Guinea (1957-59) where she lived with the natives, sharing their life, photographed their initiation rites, wrote their history and bought art objects. Julius Carlebach, New York, USA