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Canoe Splashboard (lagim)

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Canoe splashboards 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. Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski examined...

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By 1974, Island Carvings, Lae, Papua New Guinea; 1974, sold by Island Carvings to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Trobriands-Massim area, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea


Overall: 77 x 69.2 x 7 cm (30 5/16 x 27 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, lime


Africa and Oceania