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Sepik River dugout canoe of the Iatmul people with crocodile head prow

Date: 1960s
Overall: 11500 mm
Medium: Wood.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Wieland Consumables and Colman Chan
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Canoe
Object No: 00032515
Place Manufactured:Sepik

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    SignificanceThe Torres Strait canoes were double outrigger configuration, often with two sails, and with narrow, deeper and much higher freeboard main central hulls. They also had high bows and sterns that were heavily decorated. The museum has a model of this type in the collection. It is a very different style to this Sepik River canoe which is appropriate to river use and has no outriggers. It is an excellent and significant example of that river type, but is not directly connected to the open water and double outrigger Torres Strait type other than also being a dugout construction. An example of the double outrigger type would be much more appropriate to the NMC.

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