Early 19th C. Polynesian Austral Island Carved Ceremonial Paddle
Early 19th C. Polynesian Austral Island Carved Paddle
Origin: Central Polynesia, Austral Islands (Provenance: Barker family collection, Maryland By decent through the family. Collected by a Greenhand on a whaling ship under Captain Mercator Cooper )
Period/Date: Circa 1820-30s
Materials: Medium hardwood
Description: This classic paddle is completely carved in traditional geometric motifs. It has leaf shape blade and a slender elegant shaft. It features 7 relief-carved God heads around its terminal handle. In good condition with an advanced lustrous patina from long use.
Dimensions: Height 49.25” width 6.5”