Superb Ceremonial Paddle, Austral Islands
length 51 5/8in (131cm)
Charterhouse School Collection, London, presented by Sir Cavendish Bayle (O.C.) (1929-1957) and according to The Black Ledger, is said to have come from the Harvey Islands,
Sotheby's, London, 5 November 2002, Lot 18
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Of elegant elongated form with a slightly concave lanceolate blade with raised central ridge on one side leading to a slender shaft terminating in a circular handle with eight faces of classical form, decorated overall with finely incised geometric designs, including six 'toothed sun' motifs on one side.