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Mortar of stone, circular and shallow, with relief pattern
- Curator's comments
- Register reads:
from Gatukai, New Georgia; for pounding food
Woodford, in a letter to Read of 22 March 1906, writes:
The stone bowl came from Gatokai, at the south east end of the New Georgia Group ....... I believe they are made no where else. ..... I am told they are used for pounding food and that they are preferred to the ordinary wooden mortars because the operation of pounding in a stone bowl makes less noise and is not so likely to attract the attention of hungry neighbours. It cost me eight shillings from the trader from whom I bought it.
According to Kenneth Roga of Ranongga (2006), this is a small household example of the food mortars made in Gatokae island, Marovo (known there as kato) and exported to other islands in the New Georgia group, Choiseul, Bouganville and Guadalcanal. Others are big enough for two people to pound at once and some for shrines have more elaborate relief carving of heads, fish etc.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Register for whole collection Oc1906,0720 reads:
Purchased from C. Southgate 7 Kings Bench Walk, Temple. £10.
(Collected by C. M. Woodford Esq. H.B.M. Resident Solomon Ids.)
Charles Woodford visited and resided in Solomon Islands between 1888 and 1914, first as a naturalist, later as the first British Resident Commissioner.
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