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Title Hedlund and Webb 1962 photograph album
Published 1961-1963

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 ADPML SPALF  709.95 Hed/Haw  LIB USE ONLY
Description 1 album (110 photographs) : black and white ; 30 cm. + 1 coloured postcard of mural in Catholic Mission, Naiserelagi, Fiji
Contents [1]. Pier 41 San Francisco, Feb. 13, 1963: 80 crates of Melanesian carvings! -- [2.] Pier 41 San Francisco, Feb. 13, 1963: Portion of 80 crates New Guinea art -- [3]. Roy James Hedlund, Fort Ord - July 1962 -- [4]. L.R. Webb, Aug 1962 -- [5]. Wewak, Sept.1962, Fine Maprik figure -- [6.] Wewak warehouse, Sept. 18, 1962 -- [7.] 52 crates! Glaus warehouse, Wewak, Oct 14, 1962 - L.R.Webb -- [8.] Port Moresby - Papua, [7?]/62 -- [9.] Wewak, Oct 12, 1962, Hedlund crates enroute to wharf -- [10.] Emil Glaus Warehouse 10/14/62, 52 crates!, Burui and Maprik crates -- [11.] Western Papua, July 1962, Turama River placques -- [12.] Western Papua, July 1962, Kikori River delta -- [13.] Wewak- New Guinea, Aug 1962, A Wambangu masterpiece -- [14.] Malaita Island, Solomons, Aug 1962, Stone war god -- [15.] Indonesia, Sultan's cuspidors, Java, Bronze -- [16.] Wambangu's monumentality -- [17.] Clay pot, Sept. 1962, Dutch New Guinea (Japen Island) -- [18.] Dutch New Guinea, Asmat shields, July 1962 -- [19.] Wewak, Sepik material, Aug. 1962 -- [20.] Dutch New Guinea, Asmat bowls + hooks, Oct 2, 1962 -- [21.] British Solomon Islands, Malaita bowls, Oct 1962 -- [22.] A=Asmat S=Lake Sentani, Oakland June 1962 -- [23.] Warehouse, east side, Wewak, Sept 11, 1962 -- [24.] Warehouse, west side, Wewak, Sept 11, 1962 -- [25.] [Photo of crate, no descriptors given] -- [26.] Sepik River ghost chair, Robin Braedley, Aug 1962 -- [27.] Asmat figure -- [28.] Kikori River delta -- [29.] Western Papua, Port Moresby, July 1962 -- [30.] Another stack of treasures, Boriowo, Papua, Oct 1961 -- [31.] Wewak New Guinea, Maprik balsa heads -- [32.] Dutch New Guinea, Asmat shield handles -- [33.] Wambangu figure being crated, Giant Wambangu figure, Oct 2, 1962 -- [34.] Wewak, Oct. 6, 1962, Robin Braely, age 7, I packed 25 fine masks -- [35.] Rabaul, New Britain, Oct 20, 1962 -- [36.] Stone age Sepik mask, Maprick, July 1962 -- [37.] Maprick balsa heads -- [38.] Lake Sentani + roobroob drums -- [39.] British Solomons,Malaita Island, Whale bone war club, Oct 17, 1962 -- [40.] Sepik material, Wewak, Aug. 1962 -- [41.] Maprick hills basket masks, Aug. 1962 -- [42.] Dutch New Guinea, Asmat curios -- [43.] Tommy Funda cleaning Asmat shield, 8/5/62 -- [44.] Sepik- Burui Jama, Wanibangu's [paroner's?] work -- [45.] Wewak 1962, "Big Mama" Sepik River figure -- [46.] Malaita Island, Solomons,Canoe prow, Oct 1962 -- [47.] [No information noted] -- [48.] Fine Kikori River delta and Turama River material -- [49.] [No information noted] -- [50.] [No information noted] -- [51.] [No information noted] -- [52.] Kikori River delta skull racks -- [53.] Kikori River delta skull racks -- [54.] Kikori River delta skull racks -- [55.] Choice Papua material, July 1962, Port Moresby, Papua -- [56.] Turama and Kikori delta shields -- [57.] Asmat, Aug. 1962, Spirit bird, shields -- [58.] Sepik shell mask, 1962 -- [59.] Kikori River delta, Western Papua -- [60.] Skull racks, Kikori River delta, Western Papua -- [61.] July 1962, Port Moresby, Kikori River delta skull racks -- [62.] Illustrating size - Hedlund's cruiser, Oct 12, 1962, Wewak -- [63.] Mouth of the mighty Sepik, Sept 1962 -- [64.] Air travel in New Guinea, July 1962 -- [65.] Guadacanal, Solomon Islands, Oct. 31, 1962, take off from Honiara, LRW. -- [66.] Moturima and Senior's launch in Port Moresby, Aug 23.1961 -- [67.] House Tambaran basket mask, Capriman, middle Sepik, 46" tall -- [68.] Tambaran basket mask, Caprinam, Middle Sepik, 46" tall -- [69.] Malaita Island, Solomons, Stone war god, Oct 1962 -- [70.] Sepik material, Wambangu's master works, Aug 1962 -- [71.] Wewak, New Guinea, Sept 1962, Sepik material -- [72.] Sepik material, July 1962, Birds, Hooks, etc -- [73.] Wewak, new Guinea, warehouse, Maprik woven masks, 1962 -- [74.] Rabaul, New Britain, Oct 20 1962 -- [75.] Aboard the "Morova", Sept. 1962, Asmat-Japen items, D.N.G., Dutch New Guinea -- [76.] Wewak warehouse, Aug. 1962, Three Sepik Garamut drums -- [77.] Sepik and Maprik specimens, June 1962 -- [78.] Modern Sepik masks, 6-25-62 -- [79.] Asmat shield, Aug. 1962, Wewak, Dutch New Guinea -- [80.] Choice Burui items, Wewak, Oct. 10 1962, Sepik River -- [81.] Two fine balsa wood Sepik masks, Wewak, Sept. 1962 -- [82.] Maprik yam masks, Wewak, Aug 1962 -- [83.] Dutch new Guinea bis poles, Port Moresby, Oct 1962 -- [84.] Sago bowl and shileds, Asmat, July 1962 -- [85.] Asmat pillow, L.R. Webb in Hollandia, Sept 1962 -- [86.] Small Asmat bis pole -- [87.] L.R. Webb, balsa parrot -- [88.] Asmat (Dutch New Guinea), Canoe prow ornament -- [89.] Murik Lakes horn, Wewak, Oct 12, 1962 -- [90.] Asmat-Japen pot, Dutch New Guinea -- [91.] Rabaul, New Britain, 1/20/62 -- [92.] Modern Sepik items, Sept 30, 1962 -- [93.] Hedlund, Lobdell, Biscoff and Deibenhorn, June 7, 1962, Oakland -- [94.] Wambangu, Wewak, New Guinea, Aug, 1962 -- [95.] Two old Sepik garamut drums, Wewak, New Guinea, Aug. 1962 -- [96.] Asmat shield + pillow -- [97.] Repairing a Jama figure, Wewak, New Guinea, Aug 1962 -- [98.] Sepik fired red clay figures, June 1962, Oakland -- [99.] Garumut drum, Sepik, Dutch N. Guinea items also shown -- [100.] "Mendi" and two Sepik Garumuts, Wewak, Sept. 20, 1962 -- [101.] Sepik ghost chair -- [102.] Sepik ghost chair -- [103.] Asmat bis pole sawn in half, Aug. 29 1962 -- g[104.] Chambri Lakes pottery (Sepik), Aug 29 1962, Wewak -- g[105.] Ocean entrance to Murik Lakes, 10/12/62 -- g[106.] Dutch New Guinea material, July 1962, Wewak -- g[107.] Sing-sing food platform, Wewak, Oct 12, 1962, L.R. Webb -- g[108.] Kikori River, Papua, Boriowo from Hedlund Hall, Nov 1961 -- g[109.] Asmat shields, good! -- g[110.] Solomon Islans savage!, Guadacanal, Oct 26, 1962
Summary "Photograph album documenting the field-collecting of indigenous artefacts in New Guinea and the Solomons, 1962. Every photograph bears Hedlund’s handwritten caption identifying location, type of object and often a collection date; there are also shots of the interior of Hedlund and Webb’s Wewak storehouse and of the arrival of 80 crates of Melanesian artefacts at Pier 41, San Francisco, in February 1963; among the hundreds of objects in these photographs are many important and rare items such as Kikori River gope boards, Turama River spirit carvings, a Solomons stone figure and nguzu-nguzu canoe charm, New Britain masks, figures by Sepik master carver Wambangu, Asmat shields and figures, Coastal Sepik masks, and an ancient Maprik wooden mask; there is also a shot of noted artists Diebenkorn, Bischoff and Lobdell with Hedlund in Oakland, 1962; the photographs have been protected in plastic sleeves and are in fine condition. Roy James Hedlund was one of the most active field collectors of traditional artefacts throughout Melanesia during the 1960s. Regardless of our stance on the ethics of Hedlund’s modus operandi – some may describe it as pillaging and cultural theft, others as a legitimate form of commerce which satisfies an acquisitive and inquisitive Western art market – the fact remains that a large number of important examples of a wide variety of traditional objects which Hedlund acquired have found their way into major American collections, perhaps most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curators of museums and galleries worldwide have come to be increasingly concerned with the provenance and history of ownership of objects in their collections. This photograph album documenting Melanesian artefacts collected by Hedlund in 1962 represents an invaluable resource for curators and researchers interested in tracing the history of Oceanic art objects in public – or indeed, private – collections." -- Old New Guinea & Irian Jaya Facebook page, August 1, [2019], viewed 25 November 2019.
Notes Photograph titles based on hand written comments on each, identifying location, type of object, and often dated.
Title devised by cataloguer from material.
Subject Indigenous art.
New Guinea.
Solomon Islands
Melanesia.
Sepik River (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea)
Art -- New Guinea.
Art, Solomon Islands.
Art, Primitive -- Indonesia -- Irian Jaya
Art, Melanesian.
Material culture -- Melanesia.
Author Hedlund, Roy James, collector
Webb, L. R., collector