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ID number:  BIRRC-D0071
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Wooden paddle for a child
Object type:  Woodwork
Place made:  Inehere, Delta Province, S. Nigeria
Culture:  Possibly Efik
Materials:  Wood
Measurements:  165 cm
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This is a carved child's paddle with a pointed tip. Although its tribal provenance is uncertain, it is possibly Efik, a people occupying an area of Cross River State in southern Nigeria. This particular piece was collected in the 1950s.

John Danford spent the majority of his professional life working for the British Council in West Africa. He spent 11 years as the representative in Ibadan, Nigeria, his arts education providing him with the insight to encourage and develop the arts in Nigeria. For his achievements in this area he was awarded an OBE in 1953. He occupied three further posts in Trinidad, Manchester and Sierra Leone before illness forced him into retirement. In 1964 a large portion of his West African arts collection was loaned to the University of Birmingham before being purchased in 1975, forming the nucleus of the Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts.

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