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 21:

Bullroarer Musical Instrument

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Bullroarer Musical Instrument

Bullroarer, simple, plain design.

Bullroarers are used as musical instruments, as the blade howls or roars when it is whirled through the air with the attached string. In Papua New Guinea, bullroarers may be used in funerary or initiation rite, and may be believed to recreate spirit voices. They are kept in the men's ceremonial houses.

Locale: Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea

Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Wood, fiber
Dimensions: H 14" x W 3 1/2"

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

National Music Museum of the University of South Dakota
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 684. New York City. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/504985