University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NamePoo-Ketua
Object Number:18008E
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Height: 4.7 cm
Width: 2.9 cm
Depth: 2 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891


Human bone hair ornaments. Two with lock of hair. Tresses of hair or plaited fibre cords were passed through these bone rings, which were used to decorate the person and objects such as conch shell trumpets, containers for food or water and drums, Human hair was much used by the Marquesans for personal decoration. Men of rank wore capes, girdles, armlets and anklets made by attaching locks of hair to cords by which these ornaments were fastened about their bodies and limbs. The hair for a child's ornament was given by its mother's brothers and father's sisters. If the child was a cheif's, hair was contributed by all the men in the tribe. the hair of a victim of revenge was also used.


[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 CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Ivory, Carol S., and Kjellgren, Eric. 2005. Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands.. New York, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 45/7View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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