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unknown Massim

Kaidebu (Dance Paddle)

19th century - 20th century
Wood, Paint

33 3/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. x 1 in. (85.73 cm x 31.12 cm x 2.54 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2012.4.1
Geography: Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Kiriwina Islands (Trobriand Islands)
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Oceanic, Possibly Northern Massim

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This object has the following keywords:
  • Massim Area - Describes the culture and style of the inhabitants of the Massim area. Men of the Massim tend to focus on decorating betel-chewing equipment, wooden bowls, stirring spoons, canoe paddles, dance shields, and combs with designs. Women focus on making pottery, banana and coconut leaf skirts, and woven pandanus leaf mats.
  • Melanesian - Describes the culture and style of the inhabitants of the Melanesian Islands. Melanesians are well known for creating sculptures utilizing a vast range of media, their traditional communal architecture, and body arts.
  • Oceanic - Cultures and styles of various regions in Oceania, comprising islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia.
  • paddles - Relatively short, slender shafts,usually having with a handle at one end and a flat round-tipped blade at the other, used by people pushing the device through water in a vertical manner in order to propel small boats; may be double-ended; for longer but similar devices with flat-tipped blades, use "oars."
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Trobriand Island

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Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Joshua Bell and Harry Beran. Shadows of New Guinea: Art from the Great oceania island in the Barbier-Mueller Collection (Geneva: Somogy Editions D'Art, 2007), 180-181. Figure Number: Illus. 3, Cat. 92

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