ceremonial paddle, carved with an all-over design of interlocking lozenges which are arranged in bands on the paddle; the handle ends in a knob decorated with a rim of bottle-horned beasts' heads in full relief; the carving was done with a sharks tooth

Ceremonial Paddle, 1820-1840

Unknown artist, expand_more

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Gift of Mr. Walter Clineexpand_more  47.40

Ceremonial paddles are among the best known examples of Austral Islands art. Although their original purpose is not clear, they were likely used as dance wands. In the early nineteenth century, many were made as souvenirs for European travelers. It is unclear whether this particular paddle was used locally or made for the market nearly 200 years ago. The geometric design of interlocking lozenges arranged in bands on the paddle was carved with a shark's tooth. A circle of bottle-horned beast heads, carved in full relief, decorates the pommel.

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Title
Ceremonial Paddle
Role
Artist
Accession Number
47.40
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ceremonial paddle, carved with an all-over design of interlocking lozenges which are arranged in bands on the paddle; the handle ends in a knob decorated with a rim of bottle-horned beasts' heads in full relief; the carving was done with a sharks tooth