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Oceania
Marquesas Islands
Headband, Uhikana
Pearl shell, turtle shell, fiber
H. 19 3/8 in. (49.2 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 2010.7

Marquesan chiefs, warriors, and dancers wore headbands such as this one, which gave prominence to the head, believed to be the most sacred part of the body.