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small paddle
  • John Bennett
    active: United States
  • small paddle, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Canada
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 40.5 x 11 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 15 15/16 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5758

Small wooden paddle. A little over half of the length is a leaf-like blade. Handle is narrowest by blade, and ends with a transverse knob. Light brown.

One side of blade is painted with the black outline of a whale. The body is decorated with red lines and the fins with black lines that follow the general shape. The head has a large eye in black and white and the mouth is open revealing white teeth.