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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,A20.30

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); view of the end of a canoe, with trees in the background; Tikopia, Solomon Islands.
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1973
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 16.4 centimetres
    • Width: 21.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

        Tikopia
        1973/3/36
        Vaka fai manu. Canoe was built at Anula and bought by Father Ellison. Brought to Tikopia by ship. Was not seaworthy in 1973 and was later broken up by children. Bow is now in S.I Museum.

        VAKA FAI MANU - CANOE WAS BUILT AT ANULA AND BOUGHT BY FATHER ELLISON. BROUGHT TO TIKOPIA BY SHIP. WAS NOT SEAWORTHY IN 1973 AND WAS LATER BROKEN UP BY CHILDREN. BOW IS NOW IN S.I. MUSEUM.
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pen
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1978

  • Acquisition notes

    A collection of photographic prints made from slides and negatives loaned by Mick Pendergrast in around 1978 - Nov 1980, consisting of images mainly taken in Tikopia, the Solomon Islands. The British Museum Pictorial Collection have been assigned copyright to these images.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,A20.30

  • Additional IDs

    • 1973/3/36 (photographic series number)

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