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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 2007-0003-0002   CAS 2007-0003-0002; 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 Warp and weft: undyed pandanus leaves, undyed coconut front ribs
Description Leaf-shaped hand fan woven in simple plaiting technique using both undyed pandanus strips and undyed coconut frond ribs as warp and weft; In some areas, the wefts are wrapped around an adjacent warp and then return to their original position and function, forming openwork areas in the weaving, serving both a decorative and structural function; Warp and weft fibers are braided together at lower center of fan and were probably originally fitted around a wooded handle (now missing).
Dimensions (cm) Width = 22.9, Thickness = 1.3, Length = 26.0