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 190:

Sepik River Mask with Rattan

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Sepik River Mask with Rattan

Sepik River Mask pointed nose with slits, some original yellow pigment, original woven rattan decor on one side

Similar mask was given as a gift by Louis Pierre Ledoux to the American Museum of Natural History - Division of Anthropology

Locale: Lower Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea
Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Wood, Pigment, Rattan
Dimensions: H 18"/ 46 cm x W 8"/20 cm
Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

Similar item:
American Museum of Natural History - Division of Anthropology, 80/8898

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