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Pair of Large Boating Oars from Kerala, South India with Hand-Carved Motif

$3,695per set


A pair of South Indian (Kerala) wooden boat steering paddles from the mid-20th century. The smaller paddle, with it's darker wood, features an ornately carved scrolling heart accent at the top of the blade, with a raised/ribbed texture own to the tip. The larger paddle is more of a medium tone wood with iron bracing at the blade neck and a more pointed tip. Both paddles have as a beautiful salt water patina, and wonderful show of history and use by the wearing about the tips of the blades. These paddles would have once been used in steering the boats of the Kerala, including the 100 ft long snake boats, or 'chundanvallams' as they are locally known. These mid-century Kerala boat oars, which once elegantly traversed the waters of South India, would look fantastic hanging on a wall, or even standing upright in a corner. The also make great conversational pieces! Dimensions: Longer paddle: 11.5 inches wide x 2 inches deep x 106 inches high Shorter paddle: 12.5 inches wide x 1.5 inches deep x 79 inches high.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 106 in. (269.24 cm)Width: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Nice salt water patina throughout consistent with age and use. Please refer to the various additional photos for further condition detail.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Accessory #16201stDibs: LU876410092011

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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