Paddle

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
3101
Item name
Paddle 
Category
Transport
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Milne Bay Province > Alotau > Massim style
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1949 
Acquisition method
Donated by Ms Madge Scriven 
Dimensions
H: W: 255 mm L: 2090 mm D: Circum:

Description

Paddle 3101 is 209cm long overall. It consists of a shaft 135cm long and 3.5cm thick, and a leaf shaped blade 74cm long and up to 25.5cm wide. The base of the blade has an extra flange which may give support; and a ‘knob’ at the end of the blade may offer reinforcement. The other end of the shaft has been decoratively carved into the shape of the neck and head / beak of a stylised bird - possibly a frigate bird. Both sides of the blade are decorated with incised designs with white infill, possibly with lime from burnt shell or coral. These designs are called 'ginigini' and have magical significance. The design on both side of the balde are mirrored from a central spine in the blade which runs from the base of the blade for around 20cm. The design on both blade sides consists of a central motif surrounded by an elaborate border (and symmetrically mirrored on the other side of the spine). On the side of the blade which faces the water when being used, the central motif is a fish, around 2.5cm long and 1.5cm wide. It appears to be standing on its tail, with its head towards the tip of the blade. Its spines, gills, eyes and mouth are incised and highlighted in lime. The surrounding border features a wave motif, together with a series of interlinked ‘V’ figures. On the other side of the blade the central motif consists of an inner circle surrounded by an outer circle which has six protrusions, similar to a sun-burst effect. The elaborate also border incorporates the wave and 'V’ motifs featured on the other side. [from Jessica Kemp 1999].

Research notes

Exhibited in museum display no. 8. Items 3001 to 3324 were the Anthropological Society of Queensland Collection which was donated at the foundation of the Anthropology Museum in 1949.

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