Pacific Marquesas Islands Carved Ironwood Fan Handle ‘Ke’e’

A Pacific Marquesas Islands Carved Ironwood Fan Handle ‘Ke’e’ Decorated with Two Registers of Pairs of Addorsed Standing Tiki Figures Pierced at the Neck and Legs
Old dry smooth untouched patina
Old losses to the feet of two Tiki
19th Century
Size: 16cm long - 6¼ ins long
Captain Cook was the first explorer to describe Marquesas fans in 1774, collecting four on the Island of Tahuta where reputedly the finest fans were made. Ornamental fans were ceremonial accessories carried as insignia of rank by both men and women. They would be proudly displayed on important occasions, especially at feasts where their visual impact would be enhanced by the elegant manner with which they were held, particularly by women.

Pacific Marquesas Islands Carved Ironwood Fan Handle ‘Ke’e’

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