Themes: Music / Housing / Carving

Unidentified furniture

The upper surface has a design that gives the impression of two carved faces, facing away from each other, with hooded eyes and arrow-shaped noses. There are four Maltese-cross patterns in rectangular panels filling the space between the faces. The upper surface of the carving is serrated at the edge and is curved both from end-to-end to and from side-to-side. Panels below the serrated upper edges are decorated with alternate red and black lozenge shapes.

It is difficult to reconstruct the original purpose of this object. It seems more likely to have been intended as a dance shield, but with its curved sides it seems an unusual design. Another theory is that it is a canoe prow. The maltese cross patterns more likely represent a natural form such as waterlillies.