A leaf-shaped paddle from Buka

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

Pre-PRM label - [before 1884] [P]ADDLE. PROBABLY FROM NEW IRELAND, OR ONE OF THE PAPUAN ISLES. By comparing the upper part of the body and tail of the fish, with the nose of the human face, and the lines leading from the nose to the scroll round the eyes, and by comparing the wings of the fish with the lines of the elongated ears in the preceding figures, it appears not improbable that the fish on this specimen may be a transformation of design, derived originally from that of the human face, described in the preceding examples. [DCF Court Team 26/2/2004]

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

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, straighter-edged blade [to 1884.61.40], plain handle, fish design 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) ?524. Paddle; long pointed rather straight edged blade, plain handle; fish design in coloured relief. ?No 13 of series to show possible degradations of design

1872 British Association address: Not mentioned

1875 ‘Evolution of Culture’: Not mentioned



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