University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:18023L
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bone
Length: 6 cm
Width: 2.8 cm
Outside Diameter:2.8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891

Description

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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