Oceania, New Zealand, Maori peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A gorgeous gardening paddle with an elongated handle, a slender neck, and a slender ovoid paddle face for tilling loose soil, all hand-carved from hardwood and detailed with meticulously-incised detailing. The handle end displays three discernible sections of rope-like carvings complete with two circular roundels, with eight textured bands along the upper handle as well as two inlaid abalone shell discs. Spirals and other asymmetrical bands adorn the front of the paddle and surround a trio of abstract fanged zoomorphic faces, each with their own inlaid abalone shell eyes. The verso exhibits a series of wondrous incised heart-shaped patterns with only the area of the tip being undecorated. Arduously polished and covered in caramel-hued patina, this is a stunning example of fine Maori woodworking! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 4.625" W x 54" H (11.7 cm x 137.2 cm); 55.5" H (141 cm) on included custom stand.
For a similar example, please see the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), registration number ME012104: https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/110758
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, chips to abalone shell inlays, and losses to inlay of zoomorph closest to handle. Chips and nicks to high-point areas and along peripheries, and some fading to finer incised details. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and great brown patina throughout. Old inventory label on topside of stand.