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  • Other Name

    Fan (English)

  • Description

    Iliili. Fan. This is a hand held iliili. It features a long and spatulate length for the handle part and a curved and triangular blade. The handle component is uneven and portrays hafted marks. It is dark brown in colour with a slightly polished surface and some light coloured dappled areas. Its base end portrays a hafted finish. The blade has been woven from lau niu (coconut leaf) and is flat in form. It portrays a straight, horizontal edge for the base of the blade.

    As the sides curve inwards, its top edge shows a serrated finish. The direction of the woven pattern appears to begin from the spine of the blade. The spine of the blade has been woven over the tapered length of the handle featuring a plaited braid on both sides. Half of the handle length is completely encased by the woven area of the blade. The curved sides of the blade also portray two open woven borders that begin from the base and finish at the top. Cordage of dark brown lau ulu (human hair) has been used to secure and the blade to the handle. It has also been used to create a woven and decorative intersection between the handle and blade with pinnules of lau fā (pandanus). The cordage and pinnules of the blade portray geometric patterns.

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  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    8228 (ethnology)

  • Department
Iliili, 1924.230, 8228, Photographed by Richard Ng, digital,… … Read more

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