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Barava tridacna-shell slab with pierced designs
- Curator's comments
- Register reads:
Carved shell 'funerary' ornament. (grating for hut containing skull.) 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
- 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
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1915C3.28 (old CDMS no.)