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On View East India Marine Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Polynesian artist
  • Paddle, before 1838
  • Wood
  • Austral Islands, French Polynesia
  • L: 45 1/2 in, W: 14 1/2 in, D: 4 in (L: 115.6 cm, W: 36.8 cm, D: 10.2 cm)
  • Gift of William P. Endicott, 1838
  • E5122
Paddle Wood Austral Islands, French Polynesia Gift of William P. Endicott, 1838 E5122 The human figure carved on the rectangular end of this paddle indicates that it may have served a ceremonial purpose.

SPECIAL COLLECTION

East India Marine Society Collection

DESCRIPTION

This is a wooden paddle. The surface is entirely covered with carvings, mostly of circles. The pommel is rectangular with four full length human figures on each side.

Exhibition History

  • East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum; November 15, 2013 through Present