Ear Ornament


From: Marquesas Islands

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number 18023L
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Marquesas Islands
Section Oceanian
Materials Bone

Carved bone. Formerly used by chiefs' wives and daughters. The ornament is made in two pieces: a cap, usually made of shell, with a cavity lined with soft wood into which fits a shank extending from one end of the ornament proper. The usual material for the latter is said to have been bone from the skeleton of a relative of the original wearer, the figures representing ancestors. These ornaments were highly valued and were inherited in the female line.

Length 6 cm
Width 2.8 cm
Outside Diameter 2.8 cm
Credit Line Gift of William Pepper, 1891

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