Model: outrigger canoe, Papua New Guinea

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Wooden and natural fibre model of a three-masted outrigger canoe with a wawau or vavao (platform) of longitudinal boards lashed over a dugout hull, four laka (booms) connect to a milo, biro or bido (float) with connectives and lara (lashing).

Three ilo (sails) crab claw shape in the form of an elongated ellipse with serrated edges and elongated tips are formed of coconut fibre, as are the lashing and rigging which has tufts of fibre attached at intervals.

The exterior hull is decorated with pattern created by burnt inlaid work which may mimic traditional decorative forms such as kaokao, kao (downward pointing flat triangles or teeth) and ma'e poporo (fringe) as ornamentation with the word PAPUA inscribed along the side.

The model is a Papua New Guinea design, this twentieth century model may have been produced for the tourist trade.
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Maker and role
Unknown: Maker
Wood: 0 - Whole
Bamboo: 0 - Whole
Coconut husk: Sails
Measurement details
3D objects (HxWxD): H 750 x W 600 x D 305mm: 0 - Whole
Production place and notes
Papua New Guinea, Oceania
On display?
Not on display


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