Ceremonial tribal paddle spears


by the Duala people of the southwestern Atlantic coast of Cameroon.

end of XIXth, early 20th c

Diameter: 16 cm
Height: 151 cm

Beautiful pair of hand carved hardwood lancet paddles with gorgeous patina. They have a lovely tear drop shape paddle with a criss-cross design, a long handle with a decorative upper end with open work.

Objects of this kind could have a ceremonial use as the Duala believe in water spirits but it also could have been to present to the winner of a canoe race.


Natalia says : "These are such decorative pieces, would look fabulous on a feature wall."


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