Lot 191
  • 191

KERALA, SOUTH INDIA | 'Serpent' Canoe (Iruttukkutti Vallam)

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
15,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • 'Serpent' Canoe (Iruttukkutti Vallam)
  • softwood
  • length: 410cm., 161½in.
the interior relief carved with stylised canoes together with bespoke leather hanging straps specially commissioned by Stanley Seeger after the present lot had been acquired from the below


Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
David Sylvester (1924–2001)
Sotheby's London, The David Sylvester Collection, 26 February 2002, lot 30

Catalogue Note

This canoe is of a type which have been locally made for many generations. The timber employed, wood from the jack fruit tree, was bound with coconut coir and then sealed with fish oil and pitch. This treatment made these vessels lightweight, watertight tight and hydrodynamic.