Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Split Incised Maliseet Paddle

I came across an antique Maliseet paddle on this page describing various aspects of Maliseet Art. The paddle has slender lines and an elongated beavertail blade with a distinct roll carved for a grip.

CMC Catalogue Number: III-E-80
Description: Paddle with realistic scratched design. One side of blade has designs including a beaver, moose head, canoe, hawk, and eagle in flight.

The photo doesn't have enough resolution to make out the incised decorations on the blade, but I was able to find another image with a closeup. The blade has split with age but many of the carved details are still visible.

Incised Decorated Blade

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