photographic print(black and white)
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Photograph (black and white); group of men and children standing outside taking part in a ceremony(?); men holding conch shell trumpets, and in the far left is a maakua(?), with fans; Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.
Gelatin silver print
- Production date
- 1910 (circa)
Height: 11.20 centimetres
Width: 16.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This image was published in the article Hogbin, H.I. (1931) Tribal ceremonies at Ongtong Java (Solomon Islands) in JRAI, Vol XI, 1931, Plate VI
The inscription reads: Photo by H.A. Markham, Esq., Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands, in about 1910. Part of the procession on ke aho ngaiku. Note the images, the shell trumpets and on the extreme left the Maakua, with fans.
The photo shows the first stage in a ceremony known as the Ke aho ngaiku (spirit/image). The men are carrying images of the gods which they have taken from the temples. They walk in procession arund the village with the men carrying the images in the front, then the maakua, then the rest of themen blowing trumpet shells, and last the women and children singing lalangi songs. For further information, see the article mentioned above.
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