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 194:

Bilum Bag, Small with Shell Ornamentation

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Bilum Bag, Small with Shell Ornamentation

Bilum string bag, small, with finely woven with red and grey stripes, and tiny shells ornamentation.

In his Manuscript (lot 108), perhaps this is the bag Ledoux referred to (and collected) while describing the burial ceremony: "Finally a special bag with shell like seed pods on it (cf. collection) was placed on his chest", referring to the chest of the deceased.

Country: Papua New Guinea
Date: 1936 or earlier
Material: Natural string, pigment
Dimensions: W13" x H8"
Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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