- Museum number
Wood ceremonial paddle and spear. Black, pointed at one end with a flattened diamond section widening to a near square section at the other end.
Length: 33.25 inches
- Curator's comments
- Register 1966
Wood club like object, black; pointed at one end; flattened diamond section widening to near square section at the other end.
SUA. "Usually about 5 or 6 ft long. A ceremonial paddle or spear. Two kinds: one kept in house of high priest, second in temple. Used by high priest to divide food at harvest festival time, an important occasion and apparently rather complicated ceremony."
An ethnographical collection from Rennell Island, British Solomon Islands, formed in October and November, 1953. Some of these specimens (e.g. weapons) are models made especially for Mr. Bradley.
Collected by Mr. and Mrs Bradley in 1953 on Rennell I., British Solomon Islands, while visiting the island on behalf of the Dept. of Entomology, British Museum (Natural History). Mr. Bradley was then on the staff of the Department; he later transferred to the Commonwealth Institute of Entomology.
See:(a) K.Birket-Smith, "An ethnological sketch of Rennell Island", Dan.Hist.Filol.Medd 35, no.3 (Copenhagen 1956), where some of these pieces are illustrated.
(b) Diana Bradley, "Notes and observations from Rennell and Bellona Islands, British Solomon Islands", J.Polynesian Soc. 65, No.4 (1956)
(c) J.D.Bradley, "Account and list of stations of the British Museum (Natural History) Expedition, 1953," The Natural History of Rennell Island, British Solomon Islands, Vol.1 (copenhagen 1955) - Eth Doc 1132
(d) Eth. Doc. 1132 (illustrated descriptive list).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collection made by Mr and Mrs Bradley in 1953 on Rennell Island while visiting the island on behalf of the Dept. of Entomology, British Museum (Natural History) of which he was a member of staff.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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