Carved bone. Formerly used by cheifs wives and daughters. The ornmanet is made in two pieces: a cap, usually made of shell and has a cavity which is lined with soft wood. Into this fits a shank which extends from one end of the ornament proper. The usual material for the latter is said to have been bone from the skeleton of a relative of the original wearer, and the figures represent ancestors. these ornaments were highly valued and were inherited in the female line.
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. : Page/Fig./Plate: 281
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