LARGE COCONUT PALM LEAF WHICH IS NEARLY CIRCULAR IN SHAPE. THE EDGES ARE SEWN AROUND A VINE OR THIN BRANCH WHICH HAS BEEN TIED IN A CIRCLE. THE STEM OF THE LEAF IS THE HANDLE, AND IT IS UNDECORATED. EXHIBITED MAGNIFICENT VOYAGERS, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1985-86. THE SUN SHADE WAS T-12297, BUT THE ORIGINAL CATALOGUE NUMBER WAS READ UNDER ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT.
Peale catalogue identifies # 1897 - 1900 as "Sunshades: made of palm leaf and used by Chiefs only: Fiji Islands."
Palm frond with handle formed by bending up stem. Edges bound with three woody fibers on each side attached to the palm with sennit braid. Shape is large, pointed oval.
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