Ceremonial Paddle, Austral Islands
length 26 1/2in (67.3cm)
Leo and Lillian Fortess, Honolulu, Hawaii
While the use of this type of paddle is unknown, in view of the delicateness and fragility, one can easily hypothesize that it was not intended for sea use. The work is finely incised throughout the surface and has a group of "dancing" figures around the rounded handle; fine reddish brown patina.