University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameUhikana
Object Number:P3282
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Marquesan
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Date Made: Before 1888
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: Before 1888
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Pearl Shell
Turtle Shell
Plant Fiber
Technique:Filigree
Height: 16 cm
Length: 0 cm
Width: 47.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Isobel Strong through Anderson Auction Company, 1914
Other Number:518 - Anderson Gallery Number

Description

Headband of woven coconut fiber to which is attached a large disk of pearl shell overlaid with a carved sheet of sea turtle shell. The openwork carving includes six human faces and, at the top, two curved elements resembling the points of the large ceremonial fishhooks used to suspend sacrificial victims in temple areas. This ornament was collected in the Marquesas Islands in 1888 by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Wingert, Paul S., and Linton, Ralph. 1946. Arts of the South Seas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 38View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S.. "The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum". The University Museum Bulletin.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 12. no. 3-4. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 36, Fig. 5View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Hall, H. U.. 1921. ""Art of the Marquesas Islanders"". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. XII. no. No. 4. pg. 252-292 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 83View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 134 (top)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia.. Wemding, Germany. Hirmer Publishers. pg. 400 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 100, Fig. 78View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Pezzati, Alexandro, and Davenport, William H. et al. 1988. ""Oceania"". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 54. no. 3. pg. 41-42 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 41View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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