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OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Maori Paddle, New Zealand
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
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53

OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Maori Paddle, New Zealand
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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Maori Paddle, New Zealand

Provenance

James Hooper, Arundel
Christie's, London, Hawaiian and Maori Art from the James Hooper Collection, June 21, 1977, lot 35
Lynda Cunningham, New York, acquired at the above auction

Literature

Steven Phelps, Art and Artefacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas: the James Hooper Collection, London, 1976, p. 39, pl. 7, no. 47

Catalogue Note

Maori paddles, called hoe or hirau, have a distinctive flat and slender quality that distinguishes them from the broader dished paddles of their Polynesian neighbors. While some iterations of hoe may have intricate carvings or paintings, the beauty of this particular paddle manifests itself in its graceful curves and smooth surfaces. Its shape and form indicate that it was likely used solely for ceremonial purposes. Like all Maori carvings once they are completed, hoe are considered to have a mauri, or a life force, and are thus seen and treated with the same respect as living beings. Placing the paddle's tongue on the ground or stepping over the paddle, for example, are both considered to be highly disrespectful acts that dishonor the vital essence of the object.

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