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Ear Ornament

Native NameArke-ketua
Object Number:18005A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Materials:Whale Ivory
Length: 8 cm
Width: 6.2 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891


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.

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