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Field scarecrow
71.1956.44.13
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Two similar objects collected by Frantz Laforest exist in European collections, one at the British Museum, the second at the musée du quai Branly. This scarecrow is absolutly extraordinary, with a little airplane at the back of the head evoking the Indo-Chinese war.

History of the Object
This scarecrow was collected for the Musée de l'Homme by Frantz Laforest in 1955. It was part of a collection of 185 artefacts mostly coming from central highlands in Vietnam. The greatest part of Asian collections of the musée du quai Branly comes from the Musée de l'Homme. Since 1997, new acquisitions were made by the musée du quai Branly.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Woven bamboo basketwork, red ochre and black decoration 
Measurements
Height 126 cm.  
Creator name
Gie/Jeh (Die) 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Viet Nam; Kon Tum province 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; Circa 1955 
Function
This scarecrow was hung from a tree in the the fields. Like many scarecrows it drew its effectiveness against predators from its human-like shape. It also drew its effectiveness from a central motif derived from the Dong Son culture which is similar to one used on bronze drums. A small three-engine aeroplane drawn in black behind the head, reflecting a wartime experience, was supposed to increase its power. 
Acquisition
Gift of Frantz Laforest (1956) 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Musée du quai Branly 
Museum
Musée du quai Branly 
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