Description & Technical information

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.

Date:  19th century or earlier
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Wood, Cane, Rattan, Lime highlights, Black pigments
Dimensions: 67 cm (26³/₈ inches)
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
Categories: Tribal Art