University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18005F
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Materials:Whale Ivory
Length: 8.4 cm
Width: 6.8 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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

You may also be interested in these objects:

See a problem? Let us know

© Penn Museum 2018 Sitemap | Contact | Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy |