Wooden Paddle

This is an ornately carved paddle, from Benin. It is included as it was originally collected by a member of Sierra Leone's Krio community, V. J. Lawrence. From the mid-nineteenth century, Krio traders, missionaries and professionals settled along the coast of West Africa and in settlements on the Niger River. This Krio diaspora maintained close links with Sierra Leone through steam shipping lines, and objects from throughout the region found their way to Freetown where they were sometimes acquired by European collectors.

Further Information

  • Type: Transport
  • Object: Wooden Paddle
  • Materials: Wood
  • Culture Group: Other, Krio
  • Dimensions: 110 mm x 1125 mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1905
  • Associated Places: Southern Nigeria (Created and collected)
  • Associated People: V. J. Lawrence (Collector); A. Ridyard (Donor)
  • Museum: World Museum Liverpool Sierra Leone Collection
  • Accession Number: LIVCM.