University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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
Length: 57cm
Width: 18cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other NumberL-120-368 - Old Museum Number
10539 - ANSP Number

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,


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