Papua New Guinea dugong net float

Papua New Guinea dugong net float

SKU: F010
$1,400.00Price

 

Papua New Guinea dugong net float

 

Origin: Massim Culture (Milne Bay region, the most Eastern part of Papua New Guinea), said to be from Eastern Suau Island.

 

Material: Wood

 

Maker: SB and SIKINI are carved on the float and may indicate a maker’s name

 

Dimensions: 26 cms long.

 

Stock no: F010

 

Provenance: Ex Michael Hamson (the Californian based tribal art dealer); Harry Beran Collection; John Friede Collection.

 

Comments:

  • The Milne Bay province consists of more than 600 islands. 48 languages are spoken throughout the region. The region includes the well-known Trobriand Islands.
  • Carved floats in the shape of a mythical animal were attached to the centre of the dugong net and believed to have magical qualities that would bring the dugong into the net and result in a good catch.
  • This piece comes with a professionally made black metal stand that can be seen in the images.

 

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