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A Papua New Guinea stone-carved wooden bullroarer

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Oceanic: Sculpture: Pre 1920: item # 1009937

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A Papua New Guinea stone-carved wooden bullroarer
A fine, old, hardwood example of a bullroarer carved from a salvaged canoe paddle. The organic, polychrome pigments have nicely mellowed over time, and the backside of this board retains a smoothly polished, dark, shiny patina from many years of use as a canoe paddle. A small hole at the top was provided to suspend the bull roarer from a cord. A two-dimensional, somewhat symmetrical anthropomorphic image representing a transformational character associated with the ancestral and animal-spirit world. The object measures 26.25"L x 5.75"W. Late 19th-early 20th C. It is in very fine, intact condition with slight bit of roughness on top and bottom and a hairline split from use which radiates from the top edge, but is stable. From the Gulf of Papua region, possibly Kerewa peoples. Provenance: Jack Edler, collected in the early 1960's.


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