About this object

A hoe (canoe paddle) with a manaia (beaked) head carved at the junction of the blade and the shaft, and a plain openwork manaia head at the end of the handle. The surface pattern on the former manaia head is taratara-a-kai (zigzag notched lines). The carving is worn smooth with use.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1879 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Andrew Adolphus Walser, 1946
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    11.0 x 4.0 x 182.0 cm
  • Note
    Attributions: East Coast, 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981); mid 19th century (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Henry Charles Stephens ( Previous owner); Andrew Adolphus Walser ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Andrew Adolphus Walser

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H C Mr Stephens

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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