Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
By Willow Auction House
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 165:

Carved Lime Spatula

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Carved Lime Spatula

Lime Spatula, made of fine bone with carved crown at top, and decorated with fine red rattan weave, (trade) beads and plastic ring, shell, dogs tooth.

Please refer to the photographs in this collection, women wearing this behind her ear.

A similar item is held at the Ethnologisches Museum zu Berlin, Nr. VI53536, attributed to the 1912-1913 Kaiserin-Augusta-Fluss Expedition to the Sepik region. It is labeled "Kalkspatel" (lime spatula).

Locale: Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea
Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Cassowary or bat bone, beads, plastic ring, shell, dog's tooth
Dimensions: L 13"
Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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Ethnologisches Museum zu Berlin, Nr. VI53536
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Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris 2002

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