- Museum number
Dance ornament of wood, blackened with incised designs.
Height: 23.50 centimetres
Width: 43.40 centimetres
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
66. koka or fafotu. Dance implement, used in a certain dance movement called olala. Belongs to the Telei area of Buim and to Alu; this is the Telei model; the Alu model is bigger, about a yard across. Made by Raimo of Bakai, a Tekurai (Telei) man. It is held in the right hand, with the arm in the opening, so that the wings are on either side of it; or else with the wings outwards. The Rufafa (Telei) name is koka. The bird is a white sea-bird and lays its eggs on the sand (evidently a frigate bird); the lizard is a tunupa. The whole decoration is called ogi or drameme (Telei?); in Telei is is kegu (?). The red is loto earth.
Note sheet number: 1702.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.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 66 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)