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pennant / canoe-fitting

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  • Description

    Canoe mast or pennant made of wood, pandanus leaf, fibre.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 39 inches (from register)
  • Curator's comments

    1921 British Museum register description:
    148. Wooden staff, with 3 pandanus-leaf matwork streamers attached at equal intervals from top.

    Information in observations column:
    142-149. [1 to 8] Canoe crests of "navigating clans", symbolizing family totems, and sported at peak of sails, except 147 (6) which was lashed upright to outrigger float. (See 'Man', June 1921 (49), where a full list, explained & illustrated, is given; the numbers (1) to (8) agree with those on the Plates in 'Man'.
    148 (7)


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1983–1986 16 Dec-29 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Pattern of islands: Micronesia yesterday and today

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Staff made of wood, pandanus leaf, fibre.

Staff made of wood, pandanus leaf, fibre.

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