|Current Location||Collections Storage|
|Date Made||Before 1841|
|Materials||Wood | Coconut Fiber|
Ceremonial fly whisk. Top of wood handle carved with back to back stylized human figures, crouched over 18 smooth round discs and, at the bottom a final disk decorated in the style of Austral Island carvings. Rest of handle is plain, with criss-crossed fiber, loose and partly broken. Whisk of stiff, twisted dark brown coconut fiber. Symbol of chiefly status and prestige. Collected by Titian R. Peale, artist-naturalist with the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1839-1840,
|Credit Line||Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997|
|Other Number||L-120-368 - Old Museum Number | 10539 - ANSP Number|
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