24 7/8” length of paddle form with expanded butt wrapped in hide and pitch. The opposite end with a bone hook for engaging the spear butt. This example dates about 1900-20 and is finely decorated in the style popular at that time. It is carved with two cassowary birds among foliage, with a fine spatter of white pigment over most of its length, but excluding the second bird, and picking up after the bird. Now lost, the different treatment of the two subjects undoubtedly has spiritual significance. Reverse with remnants of an old collection label.