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Ear Ornament Plug

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Object Number:
18023N
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Marquesas Islands
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Bone
Description:
Plug or cap for ear ornament. Ornament, of carved bone, was formerly used by chiefs' wives and daughters. The ornament is made in two pieces: the cap, usually made of shell, which 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.
Length:
1.8cm
Width:
1.8cm
Credit Line:
Gift of William Pepper

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