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paddle decorated with a human figure
  • New Zealand
  • paddle decorated with a human figure, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: New Zealand
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 110 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width: 43 1/4 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Glenn M. Duffee
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2841
Description

The wooden paddle has a long blade (about half of the overall length) and a short handle. The overall color is a light brown with white overtones. The blade has a raised image on one side of a human figure, squatting with the legs apart and the arms to the sides, wearing a white mask and brown headdress. He appears to be in front of a vertical element that connects to a diamond below him, with lines from two of the points, with small white circles. The vertical line continues through a diamond above the figure's head to the point of the blade then down both sides. The handle is decorated with raised wavy lines (dark on one side, light on the other) at either end of the handle.