Lake Sentani Canoe Paddle-New Guinea Oceanic Art
It is hard not to admire the complex undulating and remotely figurative feel to Lake Sentani graphic art such as found on this canoe paddle. The motif is both archaic and shockingly precise. I just acquired this paddle from a local estate of a former American soldier stationed in New Guinea. The piece dates to the early 20th century, is 62 ½” (158.6 cm) in length.