Human bone hair ornaments. Two with lock of hair. Tresses of hair or plaited fibre cords were passed through these bone rings, which were used to decorate the person and objects such as conch shell trumpets, containers for food or water and drums, Human hair was much used by the Marquesans for personal decoration. Men of rank wore capes, girdles, armlets and anklets made by attaching locks of hair to cords by which these ornaments were fastened about their bodies and limbs. The hair for a childs ornament was given by its mother's borthers and fathers sisters. If the child was a cheifs, hair was contributed by all the men in the tribe. the hair of a victim of revenge was also used.
Gift of William Pepper
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292.
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