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  • Description

    Bird shaped bowl of blackened wood.

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    Register reads:
    Bowl. Ulawa Solomon Islands

    In Makira and neighbouring small islands small ornamented pudding bowls with carvings of birds, fish and other motifs in place of handles were originally used particularly for personal sacrifices by men to their ancestral ghosts (see Ivens 1927:380, Mead 1973:21), and were later made for export (Davenport 1968).


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    Obtained by Admiral (then Captain) Davis in the Pacific Register reads: Presented by Capt. Davis R.N. / obt. by him in the Pacific Davis published a sales catalogue "LIST OF ETHNOGRAPHICAL OBJECTS Collected during the Cruises of H.M.S ROYALIST amongst the Islands of the WESTERN PACIFIC in 1890-91-92 93". The British Museum copy (MUS/26b-9-6) is annotated: The Collection of Admiral Davis / Bt. by Edward Gerrard / 61 College House / Camden Town / N. W. / BM had first pick / part purchased by Urnlauff. Hamburg.

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1894C3.255 (old CDMS no.)
Bird shaped bowl of blackened wood.



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