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Model fishing-kite made of leaf and sticks, in form of a bird. With lines, leaf cut-out of a fish, and lure (spider's web?).
Width: 30.40 centimetres (wing tips)
- Curator's comments
- G.C. Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA COLLECTED IN SIMBO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
7. Model of a fishing kite called belama. The belama is used in Rubiana, not in Simbo. Used for fishing for sea-snakes (= vama in Simbo; homahoma in Rubiana.), which are eated. At the end of the kite's tail, the nest in a spider's web trails on the top of the water, and the vama's teeth get entangled in it when he bites at it. The string used is the same as that on the bomboro. (Above). (Bought from Ali, a Simbo man; made at Naravo, Simbo).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 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.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 7 (Wheeler catalogue (Simbo) in Eth Doc 1096)