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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Oceanic; Polynesian; Hawaiian
Title:Paddle
Date Made:first half of 19th century
Type:Work Tool
Materials:Wood
Place Made:Oceania; Polynesia; Kingdom of Hawaii (United States); Hawaii
Measurements:overall: 33 x 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.; 83.82 x 17.145 x 3.175 cm
Narrative Inscription:  On attached note, in black ink: "A paddle carved by the natives of the Hawaiian Islands brought to this country by Julia Brooks Spaulding, an early Missionary there"
Accession Number:  MH 2003.26.24
Credit Line:Gift of Julia Brooks Spaulding (Class of 1858) and transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
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Description:
Missionary Cabinet. Short paddle with square handle made of dark wood and carved with a diamond pattern. Handle has carved curves and mountain-like shapes while the center of the paddle alternates curves and diamonds in a 1 1/2 inch wide strip. The backside of the paddle has only the diamond pattern, and the left side is broken off.

Keywords/Tags:
indigenous peoples; Missionary

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