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Fly Whisk

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Object Number:
97-120-368
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Austral Islander
Provenience:
Austral Islands
Date Made:
Before 1841
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1841
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Wood
Coconut Fiber
Description:
Ceremonial fly whisk. Top of wood handle carved with back to back stylized human figures, crouched over 18 smooth round discs and, at the bottom a final disk decorated in the style of Austral Island carvings. Rest of handle is plain, with criss-crossed fiber, loose and partly broken. Whisk of stiff, twisted dark brown coconut fiber. Symbol of chiefly status and prestige. Collected by Titian R. Peale, artist-naturalist with the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1839-1840,
Length:
57cm
Width:
18cm
Credit Line:
Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Other Number:
L-120-368   -   Old Museum Number
10539   -   ANSP Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
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What In the World TV Program (01 Jan 1961 - 31 Dec 1961)
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