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  • Description

    Drawing; a group of objects from Fiji, including several combs, and many wooden headrests. 19thC(late).

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  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54.2 centimetres
    • Width: 43.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of drawing
      • Inscription Content

        OCEANIA 98
      • Inscription Comment

        stamped in ink
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        front of drawing
      • Inscription Content

        fiji combs
        drawings from Miss Gordon Cumming
        from medallions of cachalot tooth
        Fiji pillows
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Related information: these drawings are tracings of drawings made by Constance Gordon-Cumming, of objects collected in Fiji by Baron Von Hugel and Sir Arthur Gordon. These objects are now in the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Whether or not the tracings were made by Constance Gordon-Cumming is unclear.


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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • OCEANIA98 (Old BM registration number)
Drawing; a group of objects from Fiji, including several combs, and many wooden headrests. 19thC(late).



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