Paddle

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-269749

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

Descriptive Terms

paddles (watercraft equipment)
wood (plant material)
Paddle

Inscription

"Oldman" (Small label with "Oldman" written on one side. Paper with metal border and old string. No longer attached to paddle.)

Associated Building

Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,146

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

7 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3615

Reference Notes

Tribal Arts Winter 2012, Vol. XVII:II, No. 66