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Forehead Ornament

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Native Name:
Uhikana
Object Number:
P3282
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Marquesan
Provenience:
Marquesas Islands
Date Made:
Before 1888
Early Date:
1850
Late Date:
1888
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Pearl Shell
Turtle Shell
Plant Fiber
Technique:
Filigree
Description:
Headband of woven coconut fiber to which is attached a large disk of pearl shell overlaid with a carved sheet of sea turtle shell. The openwork carving includes six human faces and, at the top, two curved elements resembling the points of the large ceremonial fishhooks used to suspend sacrificial victims in temple areas. This ornament was collected in the Marquesas Islands in 1888 by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Height:
16cm
Width:
47.5cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from Mrs. Isobel Strong through Anderson Auction Company
Other Number:
518   -   Anderson Gallery Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Linton, Ralph & Wingert, Paul S. 1946. Arts of the South Seas. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 38
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[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 36, Fig. 5
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[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292. : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 83
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[Catalogue] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 134 (top)
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[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia. 400. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 100, Fig. 78
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[Article] Pezzati, Alexandro. 2012. "Oceania". Expedition. 54 (3): pp. 41-42. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 41
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