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 175:

Lower Sepik River Mask

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Lower Sepik River Mask

Carved wooden mask, with ribbed design around face and a ribbed center line from forehead to nose, slanted eyes. Original twisted rope through septum.

Locale: Lower Sepik River.
Country: Papua New Guinea
Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Wood, rope
Dimensions: H 25 1/2" / 65 cm x W 10 1/2" / 26.5 cm
Technique: Carved

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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