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 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


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

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