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Canoe prows from the Massim area are among the iconic works from the Pacific, not only because of their distinctive visual qualities, but also because the canoes were used in the long-distance gift-exchange expeditions known as the kula cycle. Before a canoe could be launched for the first time,...

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Provenance

Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Trobriand-Massim, Papua New Guinea, 20th century

Object Place

Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Overall: 25 x 78.5 cm (9 13/16 x 30 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2640

Medium or Technique

wood, paint

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Decorative arts