Jones, Owen, 1809-1874. / The grammar of ornament
Ornament of savage tribes, pp. 13-17 ff.
ORNAMENT OF SAVAGE TRIBES. stripes and plaids, would have continued the bands or rings round the handle across the blade. The New Zealander's instinct taught him better. He desired not only that his paddle should be strong, but should appear so, and his ornament is so disposed as to give an appear- ance of additional strength to what it would have had if the surface had remained undecorated. The centre band in the length of the blade Handle of a Paddle.-B. M. is continued round on the other side, binding together the border on the edge, which itself fixes all the other bands. Had these bands run out like the centre one, they would have appeared to slip off. The centre one was the only one that could do so without disturbing the repose. The swelling form of the handle where additional weight was required is most beautifully contrived, and the springing of the swell is well defined by the bolder pattern of the rings.* Club, Eastern Archipelago. * Captain Cook and other voyagers repeatedly notice the taste and ingenuity of the islanders of the Pacific and South Seas: instancing especially cloths, painted " in such an endless variety of figures that one might suppose they borrowed their patterns from a mercer's shop in which the most elegant productions of China and Europe are collected, besides some original patterns of their own." The " thousand different patterns " of their basket-work, their mats, and the fancy displayed in their rich carvings and inlaid shell-work, are, likewise, constantly mentioned. See The Three Voyages of Captain Cook, 2 vols. Lond. 1841-42; DUMONT D'URVILLE's Voyage au Pole Sud, 8vo. Paris, 1841; Ditto, Atlas d'Histoire, fol.; PRICHnAD's Natural History of Man, Lond. 1855; G. W. EARLE'S Native Races of Indian Archipelago, Lond. 1852; KEsR's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, London, 1811-17. I7
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