Description & Technical information

Kantu Village, New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago, Melanesia. Wood (alstonia) cane and lime highlights. 

A fishing device in the form of a floating propeller used to catch sharks. The two blades of the float are decorated with deeply incised concentric triangle motifs. The float retains its woven split cane noose which is used to lasso the shark and then draw it tight against the body of the float allowing the fisherman to stun the shark with a short bludgeon.

Date:  20th century
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Wood (alstonia)
Dimensions: 135.5 x 13.5 cm (53³/₈ x 5³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Acquired from Jacques Lebrat.
Categories: Tribal Art