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Headdress (Peue 'Ei)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

It is likely that this woman's headdress was made on the island of Ua Pou, where a great number of porpoises were available, and subsequently traded to Hiva Oa, where It was collected by Thor Heyerdahl 1937 from the Kaimoko family.

CULTURE Marquesan
MEDIUM Porpoise teeth, glass beads, coir
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 16 x 16 x 2 in. (40.6 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
PROVENANCE Until 1938, reportedly with the Kaimoko family of the Marquesas Islands; by 1938, reportedly acquired from the Kaimoko family by Thor Heyerdahl of Lillehammer, Norway; May 1942, purchased from Thor Heyerdahl by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Crown or fillet of porpoise teeth and beads in red and blue attached to a braided band of coconut fiber.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Kaimoko Family. Headdress (Peue 'Ei), 19th century. Porpoise teeth, glass beads, coir, 16 x 16 x 2 in. (40.6 x 40.6 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 42.211.105. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 42.211.105_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 42.211.105_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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