- Museum number
Sceptre, state staff (ceremonial), kahili made of wood, barkcloth, turtle-shell, human bone, greyish feathers. Handle is composed of a number of rings of turtle shell fitting over a central rod terminating in a human humerus.
- Production date
- 18thC (before 1780)
Height: 93 centimetres
Width: 24.30 centimetres
Depth: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
King, p.26 - identified from old number as being from the collection of Archibald Menzies from the voyage of the Discovery under Captain George Vancouver 1790-5.
Checked by BM physical anthropologist Daniel Antoine on 11.3.10. Definitely human bone - the right humerus.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1975 – 1985 12 Dec-23 Jun, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Hawaii
1979 – 1980 15 Feb-29 Sept, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Captain Cook in the South Seas (temporarily removed from Museum of Mankind, Hawaii exhibition 1975 – 1985)
1986-1987 12 Jun-4 Jan, The Vancouver Museum, Captain George Vancouver: A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, 1791-1795
2009-2010 28 Aug-28 Feb, Bonn, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific
2010 10 May-13 Sept, Vienna, Museum of Ethnology, James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific
2010-2011 7 Oct-13 Feb, Bern, Historical Museum, James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on one of Cook's voyages, likely the third voyage (1776-1780).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc17??D6.167 (old CDMS no.)