Boedu dream board
Houaïlou Valley, Ajië/Arho, Central Grande-Terre
Height: 54 in. (137 cm)
Acquired in situ cira 1920s by a French military officer
Ex collection Christiane Delattre, France and later Indianapolis, by descent from the above
Ex American private collection, by descent from the above
Ex Sotheby’s New York, 7 May 2016, lot 11
Exhibited & published: “Idoles”, Cluny Abbey, June-July 2019Published: Parcours des Mondes, 2016
At its center is a human head, its volumes powerfully indicated; at the level of the torso the figure presented here wears a « magic necklace », a rare and important symbol of the prestige and power of the chief.
Collected in situ almost a century ago, this roof spire constitutes a striking proof of the expressivity and inventiveness of ancient Kanak art.