Kupe’e Palaoa Hawaiian Whale Ivory Wrist Ornament

  • Title
    Kupe'e Palaoa Hawaiian Whale Ivory Wrist Ornament
  • Location
    Hawaiian Islands
  • Date
    19th century
  • Size
    4cm (L)
  • Price
    $1,900.00

Kupe’e Palaoa  A rare royal wrist guard circa 19th Century

Made from marine ivory in a crescent shaped form. One side features a curved surface and the other side is an incurved flat surface. The incurved flat side is lined with two drilled perforations that connect internally. It is pale yellow with a smooth and polished surface. Its colouring is the result of being wrapped in Tī leaves and exposed to sugar cane smoke. This ornament would be worn across the wrist

Ex Mark Blackburn

Ex Melbourne Collection

 

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Kupe’e Palaoa  A rare royal wrist guard circa 19th Century

Made from marine ivory in a crescent shaped form. One side features a curved surface and the other side is an incurved flat surface. The incurved flat side is lined with two drilled perforations that connect internally. It is pale yellow with a smooth and polished surface. Its colouring is the result of being wrapped in Tī leaves and exposed to sugar cane smoke. This ornament would be worn across the wrist

Ex Mark Blackburn

Ex Melbourne Collection