About this object

A hoe (canoe paddle) with a humanoid figure at the end of the handle, with its right hand held to its chest and the left hand gripping the other wrist. The area between its legs is cut through to form a square hole. Its eyes are shown as narrowed or closed and the mouth has a slightly protruding tongue. The surface decoration on the figure is wavy haehae (grooves) and a line of pakati (dog's-tooth notches) on the arms. There are rauponga (parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) arranged in 'v' shapes on the flatter side of the blade at its junction with the shaft.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood (Philadelphus australis kaikatoa); Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, 1942
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    9.0 x 3.5 x 115.0 cm
  • Note
    Attributions: Mid 19th century (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Taunton Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Taunton Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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