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Registration Number: QE11690

Name or Title: Fan

Brief Description: Fan, woven coconut leaf stiffened with ribs, dyed green strip decoration.

Collection: Oceanic Anthropology

Materials: Coconut leaf

Measurement : L409 x W267mm

State/Province: Queensland

Country: Australia

History and Use: This Torres Strait Island fan is made from woven strips of coconut fronds. Woven items like fans, bowls and mats are commonly seen at church, and during celebrations. Although not a popular choice by early collectors, woven items like fans have become more common in Torres Strait Islander collections in cultural institutions. Early collectors - who were predominantly male - tended to miss the significance and versatility of the skillsets involved in weaving, and the contribution of this to everyday life.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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