This is a fabulous old Canoe Splash Board carved by the Massim people in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. The board is carved out of dense wood and the top of the splash board shows traditional abstract and geometric designs accentuated with Red and Black trade paint.
Many Massim live along the coast thus the art they create is largely connected with boating. Canoe splash board carvings of this kind were traditionally mounted transverse to the hull. They represented one of the most important elements of the canoe for they were believed to provide special protection. This is a beautiful canoe splash board that shows wear and use by the weathered paint and extensive use.
This would be a lovely addition to your home or collection. This splash board is heavy.38 1/2" long COMES ON A STAND 17 3/4" wide at the top 8 wide at the bottom AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. WE CAN PROVIDE REFERENCES FOR ALL ARTIFACTS THAT WE SELL, AS WELL AS DOCUMENTATION TOWARD THEIR AUTHENTICITY. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT THE WORLD OF BACARA. The item "Papua New Guinea Canoe Splash Board Milne Bay Massim" is in sale since Thursday, April 2, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "bacara-online" and is located in Overland Park, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.