Forehead Ornament

Native NameUhikana
Object Number:P3282
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Date Made: Before 1888
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1888
Materials:Pearl Shell
Turtle Shell
Plant Fiber
Height: 16 cm
Length: 0 cm
Width: 47.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Mrs. Isobel Strong through Anderson Auction Company, 1914
Other Number:518 - Dealer's Number


Headband of woven coconut fiber to which is attached a large disk of pearl shell overlaid with a carved sheet of sea turtle shell. The openwork carving includes six human faces and, at the top, two curved elements resembling the points of the large ceremonial fishhooks used to suspend sacrificial victims in temple areas. This ornament was collected in the Marquesas Islands in 1888 by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Pezzati, Alessandro, and Davenport, William H. et al. 1988. "Oceania". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 54. no. 3. pg. 41-42 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 41View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia.. Wemding, Germany. Hirmer Publishers. pg. 400 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 100, Fig. 78View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 134 (top)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. 1947. "The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 12. no. 3-4. pg. 1-109 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 36, Fig. 5View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Wingert, Paul S., and Linton, Ralph. 1946. Arts of the South Seas.. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 38View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XII. no. No. 4. pg. 252-292 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 83View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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