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Canoe prow

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The wooden sculpture of New Ireland is distinguished by a rich combination of animal, human, bird, and plant forms; by complex openwork designs; and by the liberal use of white, black, and red pigments. Careful study of this canoe ornament-which would have decorated either prow or stern-reveals...

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Formerly in the collection of a German museum. Purchased from the Alain Schoffel Gallery, Paris, May 1987. Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Oceanic, Papua New Guinea, Northern New Ireland, 19th–20th century

Object Place

New Ireland, Melanesia


54.6 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm (21 1/2 x 5 x 9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania


Tools & equipment, Transportation