This decorated cord handle from a coconut shell or gourd container features carved bone toggles depicting important ancestors or deities. These toggles exhibit some of the defining characteristics of Marquesan figurative sculpture, including large, rounded eyes, a wide nose, a broad, thin mouth with a slightly protruding tongue, double scroll ears, and hands placed on a swelling belly.
- Medium: Bone, seeds, coir
- Place Made: Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
- Dates: 18th or 19th century
- Dimensions: 23 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (59.1 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm) For display: 12 x 6 x 1 1/4 in. (30.5 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 38.638
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Cord Handle, 18th or 19th century. Bone, seeds, coir, 23 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (59.1 x 3.8 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 38.638. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Sling with two bone toggles called 'ivi po'o' or 'tiki ivi po'o.' Calabash cord with a tiki of human bone and 5 black seeds on each side. Cord of braided sennit used to suspend coconut containers. Ornaments of bone and seeds strung on cord. Condition: good.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)