Object Number:18194B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Fiji Islands (uncertain)
Tonga Islands (uncertain)
Date Made: 1870's
Early Date: 1870
Late Date: 1879
Materials:Whale Bone (uncertain)
Height: 11.4 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891
Other Number:LE707 - Other Number


Small male figure carved of whale bone (?). One arm missing, other at side. Back of head pierced, for suspension. One of a handfull of small whale ivory (or bone) figures collected in Fiji and Tonga during the second half of the 19th century. Little is known about the function and significance of these little figures: they seem to have been objects of reverence, but not of worship.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition
Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1967. The Sculpture of Polynesia.. The Art Institute of Chicago. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 16-17, No 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Larsson, Karl E. 1960. Fijian Studies.. Etnologiska Studier. Vol. 25. pg. 1-147 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 73View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Churchill, William. 1917. Club Types of Nuclear Polynesia.. Carnegie Institution of Washington. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 161, Fig. 3View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] Culin, Robert S. 1892. Loan Exhibition: Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies and Charms and Implements for Divination.. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: page 162 #707View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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