A Fine Maori Paddle Polynesian Art from New Zealand C.1860
|Size||Length 178 cm|
This fine old Maori Canoe Paddle called Hoe would date from approximately from the 1860s. The paddle is beautifully decorated over the entire front of the paddle blade with finely incised clan designs and there is a pair of stylised eyes about 2/3 down the paddle blade. The back of the paddle blade only has the carved designs on the top 1/3 of the blade and the finial of the handle has a stylised head in profile. The paddle is carved from a single piece of hardwood and is in very good original condition.
Canoes Waka are of great significance to the Maori as that is how they came to New Zealand in their voyaging to new lands from the ancestral home called Hawaiki and the various Maori Tribes recall their ancestor’s arrival by Canoe to Aotearoa (long white cloud) – the Māori name now used for New Zealand
Canoe voyaging implements like paddles & canoe bailers are essential to canoe travel.
Maori artists made some of the most beautiful artworks ever made by human beings.
The Paddle comes on a nice custom made so that it can be displayed on the floor or on a table
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic & Polynesian Art
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