Ivi po'o Ornament
6.3 x 4 x 4.8 cm
Gift of F. Cleveland Morgan, inv. 1955.Pc.9a
Archeology and World Cultures
This small cylinder depicts a powerful ancestor (tiki). It was carved from a fragment of human bone, either from a slain enemy, kept as a trophy, or from a deceased relative, for commemorative purposes. This type of amulet was often fastened to drums, conchs, or the hair of warriors. F. Cleveland Morgan’s notes suggest that it might have decorated a cord used to close a bag.