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Paddle

2006.44.1150 (RS181037)

Description

Heavy and elaborately carved wooden "paddle" from the Austral Islands, or "hoe," The carvings include the characteristic Austral Island circular motif and flared handle pommel with six human-like figures. Little is known about the use of objects like this. Some experts believe they were used as ceremonial dance paddles and others that they were made for trade with visiting Westerners.\n \n

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
19th century
Location of origin
Austral Islands, Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Water Transportation -- Accessory
Places
Polynesia (Oceania) [general region]
Descriptive terms
Austral Islands
Paddle
paddles (watercraft equipment)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
9 3/16 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1150
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170801
Reference Notes
Tribal Art Winter 2012, XVII-I, number 66

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