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model / canoe

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Model canoe with double outrigger, painted with red pigment. The hull is cut out of a solid piece of light pith-like wood; one end curved upwards, the other and the middle part have the gunwale raised a streak by pieces of wood sewn on. The outriggers support a central platform of parallel strips terminating at each side with a 'crate' like compartment for stowing things in. (Registration slip description).


  • Date

    • 19thc (before 1870)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 22 inches
    • Length: 56 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Illustrated in B.A.L. Cranstone, 'Melanesia : A Short Ethnography', London, The Trustees of the British Museum, 1961, Plate 25 (c)

  • Bibliography

    • Cranstone 1961 p.100, fig.c, pl.25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G35

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Presented by A.W. Franks Esq. Nov. 9 1870. Obtained from Mr W.J. Kennett

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1870C1.6933a (old CDMS no.)
    • Oc1870C1109.277


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