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Ear Ornament

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Object Number:
18005F
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Marquesan
Provenience:
Marquesas Islands
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Whale Ivory
Description:
Carved walrus tusk earrings. Worn by men. The spur was passed through a hole in the lobe of the ear and projected behind. A small wooden plug, passed through the hole in the spur, held the ornament in place. Sometimes a band connecting the ornaments passed over the head to take the weight off the ear lobes. The material is chacalot ivory.
Length:
8.4cm
Width:
6.8cm
Credit Line:
Gift of William Pepper

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
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