Story board

Production date
Pre 1990
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
East Sepik
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Description
Wooden story board, with carved decorations including incised birds, people and fish. The background is painted red with infilled white.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander sculpture
Maker
Production date
Pre 1990
Production place
Measurements
L 525 x W 197 x D 52 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre handle attached to story board.
Signature/Marks
"THIS STORY BOARD TELLS A STORY OF A WOMAN GOING OUT FISHING WITH HER FISHING BASKETS IN THE CANOE. CARVED BY JOHN LENO"
History and use
The development of ‘storyboards’ began in the 1960s in the Sepik village of Kombot. The new trend saw the combination of wooden carving techniques and the types of artwork usually seen on bark paintings. Storyboards were created for decorative and storytelling purposes. The carvings on this storyboard depict an artistic representation of traditional village life in the Sepik region. The inscription on the reverse reads: This story board tells a story of a woman going out fishing with her fishing baskets in the canoe. Carved by John Leno.

This object was collected by donor Peter Watt in 1990 and donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.
Associated person
Registration number
E40846

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