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Oblong carving made of wood, with human head at each end; top and one side painted black and decorated.
Height: 24.60 centimetres (special box)
Width: 96.70 centimetres (special box)
Depth: 23.20 centimetres (special box)
- Curator's comments
- G.C. Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO reads:
92. tuku: a wooden carving (two headed; one at each end) carried on the shoulder at gatu (dancing). Made by Leako of Bakai; an Alu man. This is an Alu implement not known in Buim. Made of wood of kenuman tree, from which kusisi (see 39), beku, and bosara (see 24, etc.) are made. The grooved sides and the back = arona (back); the front (where the carving is) = tia (belly). Apparently it would be wrong to have it black all over and finished off; it should be as it also there must be no carving (ogi) at the one side on the back (otherwise would be paipaite; wrong).
Note sheet number: 1601.Ref.Tk.
- 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.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 92 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)