Fan (Tahi'i)

Marquesan (Enata) people

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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.

Fan (Tahi'i), Wood, bone, fiber, Marquesan (Enata) people

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