- Museum number
Canoe prow of wood, with a face as a separate carving
Length: 50 centimetres (main piece)
- Curator's comments
- G.C. Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO reads:
40. bosara. Wooden figure for the bow (kove) of a canoe; made for me by a Bakai man (but "all the same canoe"). The top part (head) is bosara, which has nuinanuma decoration on it; and its position is facing the direction of the canoe 1/2 keketi are the notches cut all round the bosara and its support kalukaluai (the singular is kaluai) are the four curves supporting the head; the figure below the supporting curves is sabau (iguana). numanuma is the decoration at the bottom.
Note sheet number: 1217.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
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 40 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)