Kanak Board

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Kanak Board

New Caledonia

Boedu dream board
Houaïlou Valley, Ajië/Arho, Central Grande-Terre

Carved wood
19th century
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 2019

Dream board 137 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
The shape of this sculpture is reminiscent of that of the roof spires (Gomoa). These sculptures were associated with the Chief’s Hut (Grande Case). They constituted one of the major symbolic elements of chiefdom. This house was the seat of power and the center of sociocultural, political and religious activities of the clans within Kanak society.
Dream boards were placed horizontally, inside the Hut, and notably served for divination purposes

This sculpture was field-collected a century ago. It conveys an intense sense of power.
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