Massim Canoe Paddle

  • Title
    Massim Canoe Paddle
  • Location
    Massim cultural area
  • Date
    1930's
  • Price
    $1,500.00

Early Massim steering paddle, with leaf-shaped blade, decorated on both sides with curvilinear design, the tip of the blade reinforced with a loop to reduce the possibility of splitting the blade on hard surfaces.  The finial of the paddle has a stylized frigate bird. Steering paddles are not used to propel or row the canoe but rather for steering a sailing canoe.  They typically have a much larger and wider blade like this example.

Paddle is mounted on a custom metal stand

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Early Massim steering paddle, with leaf-shaped blade, decorated on both sides with curvilinear design, the tip of the blade reinforced with a loop to reduce the possibility of splitting the blade on hard surfaces.  The finial of the paddle has a stylized frigate bird. Steering paddles are not used to propel or row the canoe but rather for steering a sailing canoe.  They typically have a much larger and wider blade like this example.

Paddle is mounted on a custom metal stand