Western Samoa, Polynesian Islands, ca. 19th century CE. Finely woven from coconut leaves with a wooden handle that has developed a beautiful warm patina over the ages. The shape of the fan is not only attractive, but it is also meaningful - intended to represent the shape of a spear tip or the end of a canoe paddle. Size: 21.125" H (53.7 cm); 22.125" H (56.2 cm) on included custom stand.
A very similar Samoan fan realized Eur 2,500 ($2847.69) at Christie's, Paris - 13 December 2011 - Lot 38 (https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/sculptures-statues-figures/eventail-samoa-islands-fan-iles-samoa-5520974-details.aspx?from=salesummery&intobjectid=5520974&sid=da54f8a6-0c85-407d-a377-5bf42046d468)
Cf. "The Oldman Collection of Polynesian Artifacts" by W. O. Oldman (new edition published by University of Hawaii, 2004).
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; acquired from a gallery in Paris, France
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Very well preserved. Old collection label on the handle.