New Guinea Massim Paddle Ex Norman Hurst
This New Guinea Massim Region paddle is carved from a lightweight wood and features a Seabird motif on the section between the shaft and blade. There is a large bird head under one side (facing toward the blade of the paddle) while a smaller one (facing the opposite direction) is on top. This bird decoration is not detailed on the reverse side of the piece. The overall length is 35" and the paddle appears to have a dark stain or varnish applied at one point but also shows signs of patination and use. The shaft's top is notched at a slant causing a V shape and there is a small hole drilled through either for a suspension cord or for hanging on a nail at one point.
This was formerly in the collection of the Hurst Gallery of Cambridge, Massachusetts.