Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
Nov 16, 2021
2 Frassetto Way Lincoln Park, NJ 07035, United States

Adventurer, Academic, Industrialist: Louis Pierre Ledoux 1936 New Guinea Expedition

In early 1936, on recommendation by American anthropologist Margaret Mead, Louis Pierre Ledoux, recent Harvard University graduate, headed to the lower eastern Sepik River of Papua New Guinea to study the Murik people.

The results of his self-funded expedition is an extraordinary collection of hundreds of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, and letters left untouched for 85 years.

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LOT 11:

PulPul Grass Skirt, multi-toned in grey, beige

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PulPul Grass Skirt, multi-toned in grey, beige

PulPul Grass Skirt, multi-toned with grey, beige, red fibers.

Throughout Ledoux's Manuscript/Diaries (lot 108), and Field Notebooks (lot 110), he mentions these Pulpul grass skirts, explaining when short ones are worn, when long ones are worn, and even the ancient tradition of pulpul tie-dying. Women and children wearing pulpul grass skirts can be seen in Ledoux's various photographs.

Locale: Kaup, Murik Lakes, Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea

Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Pulpul Grass, pigment
Dimensions: W 24" x L 14"

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection



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