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Sampan from Lamalera

Date: 1995
Overall: 570 x 525 x 190 mm, 0.35 kg
Medium: Wood, cloth, metal, bamboo
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Boat model
Object No: 00030144
Place Manufactured:Lembata
Related Place:Lamalera,

User Terms

    This boat model represents a Sampan from the fishing and whaling village of Lamalera, in Indonesia.
    SignificanceThis model is representative of traditional fishing vessels that operate in waters near Northern Australia.
    HistoryThe coastal village of Lamalera, Lembata is situated in Eastern Indonesia. The community are a traditional whale hunting society as the island offers little soil for crop cultivation. Fishing vessels were integral to local commerce and livelihood.

    The sampan was a small vessel fitted with two extended booms and two paddles. It had four separate forked supports and a bipod mast.

    The hand crafted model features a wooden hull with two bamboo poles resting on a fork. This model was completed in 1995, and made from timber from the island of Lembata, and fitted out with lines and rigging some of which are handmade from local plant materials. The hull is carved from a solid piece.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MODEL OF SAMPAN

    Web title: Sampan from Lamalera

    Collection title: Lamalera collection

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