Sepik River Carving

Contributed by R W Traves Parkinson

This wooden carving originated in the Sepik River area of New Guinea. It represents the ancestral fish spirit of one of the local clans. The peoples of the interior of New Guinea have some of the oldest cultures in the world. Many of the clans were not contacted by Westerners until the middle of the 20th Century and some still shun outside contact. This particular carving was originally acquired in the early 20th Century but could be much older.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline


This carving is at least 150 years old


View more objects from people in Manchester.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.