University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 18023K
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Length: 4.6cm
Width: 1.8cm
Outside Diameter:1.8cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891


Carved bone. Formerly used by cheifs wives and daughters. The ornmanet is made in two pieces: a cap, usually made of shell and has a cavity which is lined with soft wood. Into this fits a shank which extends 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, and the figures represent 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


[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292. : Page/Fig./Plate: 281View Objects cited in this Publication

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