Kanak people, New Caledonia
mid to late 19th Century
Water gourds are important implements from the Kanak people of New Caledonia.
It is easy to date this piece as the rare examples of this type (made of coconut and not gourd) all found their way to museum collections before 1900.
On this particular example the coconut fiber binding is extremely fine and complete,as well as the original carrying loop (restored).
This piece comes from Guy Dubois, a french professor who was active collecting between 1945 and 1955, and whose collection was recently rediscovered by his descendents in the family house attic.
Custom tripot stand by Romain Laforêt.
H: 12,5 cm (5 inches)
Price : 1500 Euros enquiry