Monday, May 12, 2008

Papua New Guinea shunting proa

I found this 18" model in an antique/junk shop. It was labeled as having come from Papua New Guinea in the 1960's. I was delighted with the find because it's very unusual to find a model with a two sail shunting rig.
I've been unable to pinpoint what part of the country this style comes from. The shape of the slatted decking is unusual and I can't find anything similar in any of my reference books.
The model is carefully made and the scale seems accurate. There's actually a thin sliver of bamboo sewn with tiny stitches around the perimeter of the palm frond sail. I'd say it was built by someone who had been building the real thing.
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