Object photography

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Object description

  • Marquesan artist
  • Uhikana (headdress), 1800-1807
  • Coconut fiber, mother of pearl, tortoise shell, tapa
  • Marquesas Islands
  • L: 33 7/8 in, dia.: 4 5/8 in (L: 86.0 cm, dia.: 11.7 cm)
  • Gift of Captain William Richardson, 1807
  • E5096


East India Marine Society Collection


Headdress or uhikana made of broad band of coconut fiber with a disc of pearl shell attached. Elaborately carved turtle shell disc superimposed over the pearl shell.