Apr 5, 2021
Apr 5, 2021
Apr 5, 2021

Canoe Splashboard

Canoe Splashboard

1800s

Wood

Overall: 58.7 x 81.9 cm (23 1/8 x 32 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman 1966.130

Location

Description

Trobriand Islanders often travel great distances by canoe to exchange ceremonial objects. Elaborately carved splashboards offered spiritual protection to the voyagers. Stylized frigate birds ornament this example.

See also
Collection: 
Oceanic Art
Department: 
Oceania
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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