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blocks of decoration, the handle with pierced triangular butt lug
Early – Mid 19th Century
Size : 105 cm long, 14 cm wide – 41¼ ins long, 5½ ins wide
It is possible that this ceremonial dance paddle is Fijian as the decoration is very similar to that carved on a club in the Hooper collection ( no. 891 ) which is of Fijian origin. However, the triangular shaped pierced butt lug is a favoured Samoan device, not appearing on Fijian clubs, and is carved projecting from the centre of the club shaft on Tongan examples.
|Height||105.00 cm||(41.34 inches)|