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 19:

Axe, Lower Sepik River

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Axe, Lower Sepik River

Wooden axe with intricate rattan design.

The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK, describes a similar axe collected by Michael Leahy before 1937 (accession no. 1937.39.33) thus: "Isolated New Guinea peoples predominately used stone technology until Australian colonists introduced steel tools in the mid-2oth century."

Locale:: Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea

Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: wood, rattan
Dimensions: L 17" x W 6", handle is L 20"

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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