Antique narrow blade canoe paddle with tee-shape hand grip, South Eastern Solomon Islands.
Narrow pointed paddles of this type, easily identified by their long, tapering blades and tee-shape or crutch hand grip (carved as a separate piece and fitted to the end of the shaft) are characteristic of southeast Solomon Islands, probably San ChrIstobal, Gawa or Ulawa.
They were carved for the plank-built black Lisi canoes of differing sizes, which were powered by anything from 2 - 50 seated paddlers .
Dimensions: Length 135 cm /52 inches, blade 53 x 3 cm /21 x 3 Inches
Ref Haddon and Hornell,Canoes of Oceania vol 2 p80 - 293