A Fine Old Maori Paddle Polynesian Art from New Zealand Circa1860
|Size||Length 178 cm|
A Fine Old Maori Paddle Polynesian Art from New Zealand Circa 1860
This fine old Maori Canoe Paddle called Hoe would date from approximately 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 with 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
I first went to Papua New Guinea in 1985 for an adventure & what I found was that I really enjoyed being with the people of New Guinea, over the next 38 years I spent extensive time spent collecting and documenting traditional art & ceremonies in remote areas of Papua New Guinea & West Papua, The Solomon Islands & Vanuatu & the other Pacific Islands countries. During these travels, I made major collections of New Guinea & Oceanic Art for major Museums and Public Art Galleries
I was honoured by being in the prestigious Louvre Museum Magazine for the collections I made for The Museum of African & Oceanic Art Paris in1996 (now the Musee Quai Branly) for the exhibition “Asmat et Mimika d’ Irian Jaya April 1996 At THE MUSEE NATIONAL des ARTS D’AFRIQUE et d’ OCEANIE, Paris
See all of the links & photos in my new EXHIBITIONS GALLERY and there is the link to the article in the prestigious Louvre Magazine 1996
I have artwork for Museums & Art Galleries but also for collectors at every stage of their collecting. I want to encourage people to explore the fine art of New Guinea & West Papua and the Pacific Islands and to be able to see and touch the artworks in a relaxed and friendly manner in my Sydney Gallery. I would like to invite you to visit my gallery and see the artworks in person and also look at my website www.oceanicartsaustralia.com where there are many Galleries & Sub Galleries to explore.
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