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 THIS IS WRAPPED TIGHTLY IN A PATTERN WITH FINE BRAIDED COCONUT FIBER CORD. MARKS: WRITTEN ON FAN ACCORDING TO OLD CATALOG CARD, "COLLECTED BY LT. WALKER. THIS FAN WAS NOT IN ANY BUNDLE VINCENNES. 44." EXAMINED BY KENNETH P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, JUNE 24, 1941. THIS OBJECT WAS ON PERMANENT EXHIBIT IN THE PACIFIC HALL, 1989 [exhibit dismantled in 2004].
FROM CARD: "3233-4. #3233, ORIG. 1899. FAN OF SINGLE PALM LEAF. 22" LONG OF WHICH HANDLE IS 3", 21" WIDE. (THIS INFORMATION GIVEN BY K. P. EMORY, BISHOP MUSEUM, 6/24/41). THIS FAN BORE ON ITS FACE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN INK, WHICH WAS REMOVED WHEN THE FAN WAS PLACED ON EXHIBIT MAY 25, 1962: "COLLECTED BY LT. WALKER. THIS FAN WAS NOT IN ANY BUNDLE VINCENNES. 44."
Formerly on exhibit in NMNH Pacific Cultures Exhibit Hall 8, case 40, 1962 - 2004, where exhibit label identified as "chief's fan."
Peale catalogue identifies # 1897 - 1900 as "Sunshades: made of palm leaf and used by Chiefs only: Fiji Islands."