The Genius Of Man
A pair of turn-of-the-century (or earlier) carved whale ivory or highly polished substantial bone ear ornaments from The Pacific Islands…most likely Hawaiian. They were collected in the mid 60’s and were purchased from a Hawaiian family on The Big Island. The verbal history told by the adult daughter is that they were given in payment to her grandmother…as a seamstress…for work done for a client who just did not have the funds to pay for the “fancy” dress outfit he had ordered. He was supposed to return with the money at some point….but never did. They are beautifully carved and measure 3” in length by slightly under 1” in width. They come complete with a museum quality heavy metal black stand. When mounted, the overall height is 4 3/4”. They have both historical value as well as they stand on their own as fine works of creativity and beauty.