Ceremonial Paddle

Physical description

Carved and painted hardwood paddle with a long leaf shaped blade. At the throat on the dorsal surface is carved a stylized human with large headdress, sharp red teeth, broad nose, long thin neck, arms, hands and fingers. The figure is painted red and black. The tip of the blade on this side is red. On the ventral surface is a long raised and painted spine painted red and black, with thin arms and fingers again carved at the throat. The tip is painted black and red with a V-shaped design. The paddle’s shaft is long and straight, narrowing slightly toward the anterior end, and has no embellishment.