- Museum number
Bow saw of wire with wood frame and stone weight
- Curator's comments
- Register (taken directly from Woodford's original list sent to Hercules Read 21 June 1915) reads:
Bow saw, weighted with stone, used for cutting clam shells in making Roviana rings. N. Georgia.
The fact that New Georgia is given as the provenance, while shell money-rings were generally attributed to Roviana, implies that Roviana is probably not the exact provenance of this object.
For the use of such bow saws to cut shell rings, with wire substituting for the rattan-strip previously used, see the 1910 account by A. B. Lewis in R. L. Welsch (1998) An American Anthropologist in Melanesia p.362, and illustration in C. Ribbe (1903) Zwei Jahre unter den Kannibalen der Salomo-Inseln p.293.
- 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: Oc1915C3.48 (old CDMS no.)