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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B23.16

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); on the left, a carved canoe ornament made of wood, with a figure head incised; in the centre, a carved canoe ornament made from wood and painted in sections in white; on the right, a carved canoe ornament made from wood with a bird design.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26.7 centimetres
    • Width: 21.35 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        [from left to right]
        Carved Ornament
        (illegible)
        Ornaments of Canoe,
        New Guinea,
        HMS Rattlesnake
      • Inscription Comment

        labels: printed & handwritten in pen
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back
      • Inscription Content

        N Guinea
      • Inscription Comment

        stamp
  • Curator's comments

    All three canoe ornaments were collected by Captain Owen Stanley on board the HMS Rattlesnake expedition of 1846-1850, from New Guinea and donated to the British Museum's collection.
    The canoe ornament on the far left is: Oc1851,0103.2
    The canoe ornament in the centre is: Oc1851,0103.8
    The canoe ornament on the far right is: Oc1851,0103.7

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  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B23.16

Photograph (black and white); on the left, a carved canoe ornament made of wood, with a figure head incised; in the centre, a carved canoe ornament made from wood and painted in sections in white; on the right, a carved canoe ornament made from wood with a bird design;
Gelatin silver print

Photograph (black and white); on the left, a carved canoe ornament made of wood, with a figure head incised; in the centre, a carved canoe ornament made from wood and painted in sections in white; on the right, a carved canoe ornament made from wood with a bird design; Gelatin silver print

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