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Catalog Number CAS 2007-0003-0001   CAS 2007-0003-0001; Fan
Category Basketry; Tools & Implements
Object Name Fan
Culture Western Polynesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Fiji or Samoa, probably
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Natural and dyed pandanus fibers; Dyed breadfruit fibers
Description Leaf-shaped hand fan woven in simple plaiting technique using both pandanus strips and coconut frond ribs as warp and weft; Several strips of dyed black pandanus fiber and dyed red hibiscus fibers are used for decorative effect; Warp and weft fibers are braided together at lower center of fan, then bundled to form a handle (probably around a wooden stick), which in turn is wrapped with dyed black pandanus and dyed red hibiscus fibers that are also plaited to form an overall red and black checkerboard pattern.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 22.0, Thickness = 1.6, Length = 40.6