Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Paddle (Hose)

late 19th–early 20th century
Papua New Guinea, Bougainville or Buka Island, Bougainville Province
Bougainville or Buka Island
Wood, paint
W. 6 5/8 x L. 67 in. (16.8 x 170.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 354
Canoe paddles from the Northern Solomon Islands were typically decorated in extremely low relief with representations of birds and anthropomorphs called kokorra. Kokorra usually sit in a squatting position with hands raised and wear large, pointed headdresses similar to those of adult men. Although kokorra are ubiquitous in the Northern Solomons, almost nothing is known of their precise significance. As they also appear on sacred objects, such as bullroarers, it is likely that kokorra had some supernatural importance.
[John J. Klejman, New York, until 1966]; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1966–1978

Art From Melanesia. Purchase: Manhattanville College, New York, 1969.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, no.71.

Kjellgren, Eric. Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, 98, 165-7.

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