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Square block of wood ("mamambua") of pondopondoko wood with incised designs including, on one face, concentric circles with toothed border.
Height: 5.00 - 5.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- G.C. Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA COLLECTED IN SIMBO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads: 29. mamambua: wood block with carved designs. It is put in the basket, with apparently no purpose; made of pondopondoko wood.
Old label reads: W647 Mamambua
According to Ribbe (1903:315), on Isabel such incised wooden blocks were placed in shrine houses as offerings to the dead.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 29 (Wheeler catalogue (Simbo) in Eth Doc 1096)