- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Manus Province > Admiralty Islands
- Mr John Samuel Cameron
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1947
- Acquisition method
- Foundation Donation from Dr L. P. Winterbotham
- Raw material
- Wood, pigments
- H: 520 mm W: 210 mm L: D: 80 mm Circum:
Carved wooden figurehead; two figures back to back.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.
In the Red exhibition label: Canoe prow, before 1900. Once brightly painted this carving was attached to the top of a canoe mast, the twin figures represent ancestral beings embracing the omnipresent crocodile.
Anthony Meyer attributes this carving to the Admiralty Islands.
Part of Brisbane auctioneer Mr John Samuel Cameron's (died ca 1917) collection which was sold after his widow's death. Bought by Dr Winterbotham and C. A. Fitzgerald at auction. The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.