Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of paddles
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • pair of paddles, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: each 124 x 13.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: each 48 13/16 x 5 5/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5047.a,b

The matching paddles have a handle that is round in cross section in the middle and flattens toward the end. There is a horizontal cylinder at the end of the handle.

The pointed blades are decorated with formline designs. The tip is red and there is a series of four red semicircles along the bottom under blue eye shapes with a black outline. There is a blue ovoid behind the eye, again with the black outline and two red trapezoid-like shapes below. There is a black vertical line on either side of the blue ovoid. The stylized fin behind has a blue ovoid with a black outline and two blue u-forms inside a larger red u-form and a thick black outline.

The same design is on each side of both paddles, though they are not oriented in the same direction.