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2006.44.3615 (RS160734)

Description

Intricately carved small paddle fron the Austral Islands. Incised carving covers the entire paddle, including characteristic Austral Island "starburst" designs. The base of the handle is encircled with stylized human figures. This paddle was most likely made for trade with early visitors to the islands. An attached label indicates the paddle was once owned by William Oldman, an important British collector and dealer of Pacific Island objects.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"Oldman" (Small label with "Oldman" written on one side. Paper with metal border and old string. No longer attached to paddle.)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Water Transportation -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
Paddle
paddles (watercraft equipment)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
7 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3615
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269749
Reference Notes
Tribal Arts Winter 2012, Vol. XVII:II, No. 66

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