Sepik Spear Thrower

Provenance Ex coll. : John Valilio N° JV40

Literature: Meyer, Anthony JP: OCEANIC ART / OZEANISCHE KUNST / ART OCEANIEN. Könemann Verlag, Köln. 1995, fig. 244, p. 230/231

A very early spear-thrower. The wawi a kaino is used to enhance thrust, power and accuracy when launcing the great war spears. The large animal in the center is actually a guide for the spear. It represents a clan related animal in this case a large and powerfully carved crocodile of archaic form.

Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River, PNG, Melanesia. Wood, cane and rattan with lime highlights and black pigment. 67 cm. 19th century or earlier.