University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18005E
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Marquesan
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Whale Ivory
Length: 8.1 cm
Width: 6.8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891

Description

Carved walrus tusk earrings. Worn by men. The spur was passed through a hole in the lobe of the ear and projected behind. A small wooden plug, passed through the hole in the spur, held the ornament in place. Sometimes a band connecting the ornaments passed over the head to take the weight off the ear lobes. The material is chacalot ivory.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

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