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Dance Paddle

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: probably 1st half of the 20th century
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 58 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (149.2 x 15.9 x 4.1 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of The Rubin - Ladd Foundation
Object number: 2005.43.34
DescriptionDance paddles from the northern Solomon Islands feature painted, low relief designs called kokorra: squatting figures with delicate limbs and body, and large head with round, staring eyes and elongated earlobes. They wear a headdress similar to those worn by initiates in the Bonito Cult who impersonate the urar, spirits of deceased clan members.
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