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Barava tridacna-shell slab pierced with money-ring and figure designs
Height: 26.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register reads: N. Georgia
Barava is a name for these pierced slabs in several New Georgia languages. Some were made as doors for the skull-houses of important ancestors and in general they were kept as symbols of a clan's claim to its land. see: Richards, R. & Roga, K. (2004) Barava: Land title deeds in fossil shell from the western Solomon Islands. Tuhinga No.15:17-26, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
A barava very similar to this one in the Solomon Islands museum is identified as from Choiseul in Piko's article on Choiseul Currency (Journal of Cultural Association of Solomon Islands vo.4).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection of 43 Solomon Islands artefacts purchased from Woodford for £90 from the Christy Fund in 1915, registered as Oc1915.21 to 64.
Woodford visited and resided in Solomon Islands between 1884 and 1914, first as a naturalist, then as first Resident Commissioner for the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1915C3.25 (old CDMS no.)