prmlogo2Cook-Voyage Collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum


PRM000011981Eyeshade, of wood and coconut fibre, from the Society Islands (probably Tahiti); part of the Forster collection (Forster 136; 1886.1.1410)

The shade is formed from a light wooden frame, bound with coconut fibre cord, and an oval wooden ring, wrapped in the same way, bound to it. These frames create the shape of the shade, with a hole for the head. The peak of the shade is filled in with a mesh of coconut fibre cord formed by knotting


  PRM0001296755179Eyeshade, side 1, (with scale)
PRM0001296765179Eyeshade, side 2, (with scale)
PRM0001296745179Detail of coconut fibre mesh
PRM0001297765179Ashmolean label
PRM0001297795179Later Ashmolean label
PRM0001297775179Pre Pitt Rivers label