Hawaiian crescent fan or Peahi
niu. This rare example is one of the few fans known to have survived.
Woven of plaited pandanus interwoven with human hair. This art form surpasses
anything in design and form in Polynesia and represents the highest achievement
in the basketry arts. Reserved for people of high rank only, the crescent
fan motif is encountered in traditional Hawaiian tattoo design. Width:
15 inches. 18th century. Collection of Mark and Carolyn Blackburn.