Quai Branly duho
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Accession number 71.1950.77.1
Quai Branly duho. Dimensions L: 715mm ; W: 306mm; H: 425mm (max).
The early history of the celebrated duho in the Musée du Quai Branly collections is, as yet, poorly known. It first emerged to wider attention when it was donated to the Musée de L'Homme by M and Mme D David Weill in 1951. Associated information suggests that it bears a Haitian provenance which, given France’s history within the region, is quite likely. Haiti spans the territories of two major cacicazgos (Taíno chiefdoms), one of which was very well known for the quality of its wood carving. It certainly is one of the finest wooden Caribbean artifacts in Europe, not only due to its detailed carving, but also its exceptional state of preservation.
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