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Cord Handle

Arts of the Pacific Islands

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.

CULTURE Marquesan
MEDIUM Bone, seeds, coir
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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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
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