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Iriba n bobai

On display
human history
  • Other Name

    Fan (English)

  • Description

    Iriba n bobai. Ornamental fan. This is a hand held fan. This iriba n bobai consists of four material components: pinnules of noko (coconut midrib), pinnules of kakoko (the young, white central leaf of the coconut), te ira (panadus leaf) and feathers. The central area of the iriba (fan) is flat and circular in shape. A handle extends from the centre of the blade of te iriba. The central area is structured by a series of noko.

    A range of synthetically dyed pinnules of kakoko in blue, red, yellow, light grey, pale green and natural tones of off-white decorate the surface area of the noko structure. Motifs of diamond patterns define circular borders across the centre. A few pinnules of noko have been curved around the edge of the fan and secured with blue kakoko. The ends of the features have also been secured into the noko with the blue kakoko to create the feathered border of the iriba. The features are mostly white with brown tinted ones spaced throughout. An off-white strand of te ira has been used to create a woven encasement. This has been fixed with a two-ply kakoko cord where the handle meets the iriba and again at the base of the handle in a red colourway. A loose end of this is present. This style of fan is considered ornamental and not for everyday use.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    15 Oct 2002
  • Other Id

    55961 (ethnology)

  • Department
  • Display Room
Iriba n bobai; 2002.95.1; 55961; Cultural Permissions Apply

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