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 16:

Lower Sepik River Mask, Kaup, Murik Lakes region

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Lower Sepik River Mask, Kaup, Murik Lakes region

Mask (Flute Mask) with small ears

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

Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Wood, Pigment
Dimensions: H 11" 28 cm x W 6" / 15 cm
Technique: Carved

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

Similar items:
American Museum of Natural History - Division of Anthropology, 80/8902
The catalog explains that this kind of mask would have been used and worn by children in a 'devil' dance.

2015 Myth + Magic Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.