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  • Other Name

    Fan (English)

  • Description

    Iliili. Fan. This is a hand held iliili. It features a long lengthen handle component and a curved, triangular blade. The handle component is uneven and portrays hafted marks. It is dark brown in colour with a matte surface. Its base end portrays a square cross-section that is angled off and has been made from kieto (ebony wood). The blade has been woven from kāniu (coconut midribs) and lau niu (coconut leaf) and is flat in form.

    The sides are uneven and its top features a forked 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. 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. The cordage and pinnules of the blade portray geometric patterns. A small extension of the cordage has been left loose.

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  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    1008 (ethnology)

  • Department
Iliili, 1927.124, 1008, Photographed by Richard Ng, digital,… … Read more

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