- Registration number
- Item name
- Dance paddle
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Owahara (Santa Ana) Island
- Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert
- Acquisition date
- September 02, 2011
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert
- Raw material
- wood; pigment
- H: 1020 mm W: 138 mm L: D: 65 mm Circum:
Dance paddle carved from wood with bonito fish, rectangular pronged head, painted black and incised.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.
Collected in 1979. Two bonito fish are paired near the top, and one at the bottom of the dance paddle. Note that the latter bonito is being pursued by a shark in the centre of the paddle [G. Baines, 07/04/2013].