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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Sepik River Mask with wide nose with intricate design, high forehead with ridged line at center, small ears, ridged perimeter of face, and purpose made holes on top (for attaching decor like Cassowary feathers)
Locale: Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea
Date: 1936 or earlier
Dimensions: H 18 1/2" / 47 cm x W 7 1/2" / 18 cm
Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection