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Canoe Splashboard

1800s
Overall: 58.7 x 81.9 cm (23 1/8 x 32 1/4 in.)
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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.
Canoe Splashboard

Canoe Splashboard

1800s

Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Massim Area, Trobriand Islands, 19th century

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