Head Ornament, Marquesas Island
Dolphin teeth, beads and fiber
length 17 1/2in (44.5cm)
Private American Collection, acquired prior to World War I while traveling in the South Pacific
Thence by descent
cf. Kaeppler, The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art, (2010: figs 238 and 239)
The finely braded band, woven with a multitude of various shades of blue, green and clear beads on fiber strings ending with a bunch of dolphin (Delphinidae delphis) teeth.