Fan Handle, Marquesas Islands
Lot 289Y
Fan Handle, Marquesas Islands
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
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Fan Handle, Marquesas Islands
height 3in (7.7cm)

"Elaborate and finely made fans were insignia of high status; the body is made from young coconut leaves or a stiff grass. Threaded on to the handle is a bone toggle (ivi po'o)...These toggles are made from a section of human long bone, preserved either as a memorial or as a trophy." (Hooper, 2006: p 160)

Ivory or bone fan handles from the Marquesas Islands are rare. This finely carved example, with two tiki figures standing back-to-back, illustrates, even in miniature form, the rich dynamics of classical Marquesan sculpture.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, 90046
    United States
    Work +1 323 436 5416
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