Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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war boat model
  • American Samoa
  • war boat model, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • coconut palm wood, plant fiber, carving, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 20 x 18 x 123 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 7/8 x 7 1/16 x 48 3/8 in
  • Gift of Priscilla Hedges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4894

The wooden boat has long, thin pieces of notched wood on either edge over the top of the cross pieces. The cross pieces have two (there are two that have only one) leaf-shaped pieces of wood over the top in a scale-like fashion. All these additional pieces of wood are held in place with braided plant fiber strings.