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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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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


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

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Medium or Technique

wood, paint


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts