Fan (Tahi'i)

19th century
Marquesas Islands
Marquesan (Enata) people
Wood, bone, fiber
H. 17 x W. 18 1/2 in. (43.2 x 47 cm)
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 353
Fans in the Marquesas were carried by prominent individuals of both sexes
as marks of social status. Displayed at feasts and other events, their visual
impact was enhanced by the elegant manner in which they were carried,
especially by women. Made from narrow strips of plant fiber, the blades were
woven around dagger-like wood handles (ke'e), sometimes sheathed in a
sleeve of bone.
[Matthias Komor, New York, until 1966]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1966, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1966–1978

Kjellgren, Eric, and Carol S. Ivory. Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands. New York, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005, 50, 81-4.