Old, tribally used canoe prow. Seven hundred miles in length, the Sepik River in Papua, New Guinea winds down from the cloud forests of the Central Range and forms one of the largest and most intact freshwater basins in the Asia Pacific region. It holds many rare species including two different species of crocodile.
Crocodiles feature in the legends and rites of passage of various Sepik tribes, sharing an ancestral belief in ties to the animal. Ritual scarification of initiated men emulates crocodile skin.
It has been well used and the carving is very respectful showing the affinity these tribes have with the crocodile. It is slightly lighter overall in colour than my photographs but seems to change with light outside. The length is 67cm or 26,4 inches. If you want more pictures let me know.
With the advent of mining and development these tribes could be a thing of the past quite soon - hardly progress by any definition.
As always, thank you for looking.
Crocodile Canoe Prow; Lower Sepik River, New Guinea