paddle (water transport: accessories)

Large carved paddle in reddish wood, with a trowel-shaped blade, cylindrical shaft, and a long cuboidal pommel with a pyramidal end engraved with scrolls on all four sides. The blade has a tapering semicircular ridge down the lower part of each face, and the tip retains a large modelling of an abstracted beak pierced with a circular hole. On both sides the blade is engraved with a symmetrical design of concentric tear drop shapes containing a complex interaction of concentric scrolls surrounded by zig zag bands. The neck of the paddle incorporates engraved scroll work.

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