A superb dance paddle, <i>hoe</i>
Lot 592
A superb dance paddle, hoe
Sold for US$ 8,400 inc. premium
Auction Details
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Property of various owners
A superb dance paddle, hoe
Austral Islands, of large proportions, the circular pommel with deep central hollow and carved with nine dancing figures tapering to a lip, the oval section shaft continuing to the broad leaf blade and forming a square ridge running down the back of the blade which has a thick square edge, carved all over with panels incorporating sun discs, wave patterns and diaper bands.
length 50in


  • This paddle compares with one collected on Rai’ivavae in 1826 on HMS Blossom during the Beechey expedition.

    Cf. Steven Hooper, Pacific Encounters, no 184.
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