A fly-whisk handle from the Austral Islands

Elegant fly whisks with handles terminating in double-figures were first collected by European voyagers in the eighteenth century. They were almost certainly made on Rurutu or Tubuai in the Austral Islands, or perhaps by Austral Islanders resident in the Society Islands. The form of the figures, with projections on their heads, and of the paired […]

22 May 2020