Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small paddle
  • Oscar Stone
  • small paddle, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: McGrath, Alaska, United States
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 72 x 11 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 28 3/8 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of David and Mary Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5712

The small paddle's blade is carved with formline designs in relief. The center design is the face of a beaver, wtih eyes, nose and prominent front teeth. Either side of the head shows a bent front leg, and ovoids at the shoulder and wrist. The cross hatched tail is seen behind both arms.
The handle is wider at the free end with a small cylindrical knob across the end. It is dark yellow wood.