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: 1888
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Pearl Shell
Turtle Shell
Plant Fiber
Technique:Filigree
Height: 16cm
Width: 47.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Isobel Strong through Anderson Auction Company, 1914
Other Number518 - 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] Linton, Ralph & Wingert, Paul S. 1946. Arts of the South Seas. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 38View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 36, Fig. 5View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292. : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 83View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 134 (top)View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia. 400. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 100, Fig. 78View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Pezzati, Alexandro. 2012. "Oceania". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 54 (3): pp. 41-42. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 41View Objects cited in this Publication

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