Figure carved from sperm whale tooth. Holes in back of head may have been drilled for suspension. Left shoulder and arm broken off and mended with iron pins. Collected in Fiji but possibly made in Tonga.
Gift of William Pepper, 1891
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892)
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
[Book] Linton, Ralph & Wingert, Paul S. 1946. Arts of the South Seas. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 19
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 80
[Book] Larsson, Karl E. 1960. Fijian Studies. 25. 1-147. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 72
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
: Page/Fig./Plate: p. 176
[Article] Pezzati, Alexandro. 2012. "Oceania". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 54 (3): pp. 41-42. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 42 (center right)
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