1884.61.32 Full length

A leaf-shaped paddle from Buka

1872 British Association address: Let us see how far they serve to support our views as to variation and continuity now that they are put together.…  Fig. 3 is nearly the same figure represented as sitting sideways, simply by lopping off an arm and a leg on one side. …

Blue book entry [circa 1874] - Patterns consisting of animal and vegetable forms conventionalized in ornamentation 512 - 24 Paddles. Human figure shewing the transition by which the original designs have been lost and gradually converted into a crescent form. New Ireland Part p80

1875 ‘Evolution of Culture’: 'Having noticed one or two allied varieties of design in specimens that came into my possession, I determined to collect all that I could find as they came to this country. In the course of several years I succeeded in obtaining the series represented upon Plate IV. … In the third figure [Fig 3] the man is represented sitting sideways, simply by lopping off an arm and a leg on one side [1884.61.32].

Old General Pitt Rivers Label [before 1884]- Printed label stuck to paddle: Paddle New Ireland. Ornamented with a human figure sitting sideways and face fronting the line of the nose is carried round the eyes in a scroll the ears elongated and pierced. The head is surmounted with a Papuan headdress. A diamond pattern on the forehead.

?Delivery Catalogue I entry [1884] - Paddles of the New Irelanders Paddle wood painted and carved ? Screen 176 177

Written on object [after 1884] - New Ireland PR coll blue 516

Accession Book IV entry [1920s] - 1884.61.1 - 65 Design - Development and Degradation of - 1884.61.29 - 41 Series of paddles with coloured designs to show possible degradation of design New Ireland (Buka type) Similar longer pointed blade [to 1884.61.30], with plain handle, grotesque figure (squatting) in coloured relief [Drawing]

Additional entry - 512 - 524 [1884.61.29 - 41] Blue Solomon Islands Buka formerly labelled New Ireland Buka paddles shewing development from man to crescent in PR coll. First reference by the General is when as Lane Fox he gave an address on Anthropology to the British Association. Transactions of the Sections. In 1872 page 168 paddles of 'the New Irelanders, one of the Papuan group of islands adjoining the one in which Bishop Patteson was lately murdered'. Bishop Patteson was murdered on Nukapu in the Santa Cruz group; the Solomon Group is next and then New Ireland. Distances are considerable. [BB]

Card Catalogue Entry [1940s] - Solomon Islands Buka (formerly labelled New Ireland) ?516 Blue. Paddle; long pointed leaf blade with plain handle; grotesque figure (squatting) in coloured relief No 4 in series to show possible degradation of design

1884.61.32 Back full length

1884.61.32 Front of blade

1884.61.32 Back of blade

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