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  • Other Name

    Paddle (English)

  • Description

    Hoe. Carved ceremonial canoe paddle. This hoe (paddle) is carved from ra'au (hardwood) into a long cylindrical to'o (shaft) and a teardrop-shaped rapa (paddle blade) that is slightly curved and visibly chipped at the edge. Bands of fine geometric motifs are carved in light relief over all surfaces of the hoe. The to'o flares towards the butt end of the hoe elaborately carved into eight stylised ti'i (ancestral human figures) and ovoid in section.

    The hoe is a red brown colour with a somewhat glossy patina. The rapa (paddle blade) as previously been broken off from the shaft and glued back together.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    04 Jul 1950
  • Other Id


  • Department
paddle, 1950.128, 31823, Photographed by Richard Ng,… … Read more

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