Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle

Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle

1800 to 1900 Marquesas Islands

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A Marquesas Islands Carved Wood Fan Handle
Mounted on stand by Inagaki

Size: 8cm high, 3cm wide, 2cm deep - 3¼ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
9cm high - 3½ ins high (on Inagaki base)

19th Century
Provenance:
Ex collection Josef Mueller, Christies, March, 1979; lot 219
Ex collection of Anthropologists Dr James Spillius, London
Marquesan tiki figures with their enlarged heads, bent knees and extended arms and hands resting on their stomachs have a common artistic ancestry with other Eastern Polynesian sculptural traditions such as those of Tahiti and Easter Island Rapa Nui. Marquesan fan handles of the 19th century were always adorned with tiki’s. Carried by warriors ‘toa’, by ritual Shamanic specialists ‘tau’a’ and by individuals of high birth and status, they functioned as symbols of rank. They were artfully displayed by both Marquesan men and women on important ceremonial occasions.
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