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This Crocodile canoe prow came from the middle Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. Canoes are the primary mode of travel on the Sepik and most canoes in the middle Sepik were carved with a Crocodile head prow. Crocodiles are common on the river and pose a high threat to the indigenous people. They are also one of the most powerful clan symbols. It is believed by the indigenous people that carving a crocodile head at the canoe’s prow will fool the real crocodiles into thinking it is one of their own, reducing the chances of being capsized by a crocodile. It is also used in some regions to honor the powerful predator. The prow is over a meter long and is painted with red and brown vegetable dyes in a checkered pattern.

Size: 12" long

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