- Museum number
Wood fly-whisk handle comprising of a small female figure standing above a broken zigzag shaft, with a small hole through the break.
- Production date
Height: 15.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A small female figure stands above a broken zigzag shaft, where a small hole through the break indicates an old indigenous repair. The form of the shaft closely resembles the broken zigzag handle of a coir whisk in the Cook voyage collection in Vienna (Kaeppler, A.L.,1978, 'Artificial Curiosities': being an exhibition of native manufactures collected on the three Pacific voyages of Captain Cook, R.N', Special Publication 65. Honolulu: B.P. Bishop Museum: 224-5; Moschner, I., 1955, 'Die Wiener Cook-Sammlung, Sudsee-Teil'. Archiv fur Volkerkunde, 10 :223-4). That whisk appears to have Tongan and Society Island characteristics, and it is possible that these are two parts of the same object.
Fragmentary old parchment label, handwritten:
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 16 Jun-14 Sep, Paris, Musée du quai Branly, Pacific Encounters
2006 21 May-13 Aug, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Pacific Encounters
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc????D11.138 (old CDMS no.)