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On View East India Marine Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Polynesian carver
  • Paddle, before 1832
  • Wood
  • Austral Islands, French Polynesia
  • L: 33 in, W: 8 in, D: 3 in (L: 83.8 cm, W: 20.3 cm, D: 7.6 cm)
  • Gift of C. Millet, 1832
  • E5126
Paddle Wood Austral Islands, French Polynesia Gift of Captain Charles Millet, 1832 E5126 The eight human heads carved onto the knob end of the paddle indicate that it may have served a ceremonial purpose.

SPECIAL COLLECTION

East India Marine Society Collection

DESCRIPTION

This is a wooden paddle covered with a carved circle pattern. Eight human heads are carved onto the knob end of the paddle.

Exhibition History

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