Paddle

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

Date

19th century

GUSN

GUSN-170801

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

Descriptive Terms

paddles (watercraft equipment)
wood (plant material)
Austral Islands
Paddle

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,148
FD017

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Austral Islands, Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

9 3/16 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1150

Reference Notes

Tribal Art Winter 2012, XVII-I, number 66

Places

Polynesia (Oceania) [general region]