- Museum number
Ornament of wood for the stern of a canoe.
Height: 25.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
25. Canoe decoration (carved by Mukolo of Faleta). belonged to a thirty-man canoe now broken up. There were two such in this canoe; this one was at the stern; the other at the bow. The canoe belonged to Mukolo and Pili, the latter carved the other figure. There should be also the feathers of the popo (hornbill) on this beku; they are always used for beku, fafotu are the four supports of the head; the cup-like object at the top is the hair (loena); the whole head is beku. When on a canoe this figure has a regese on it, that is feathers fastened to a piece of wood (uma), not to a supi. Round this regese were rings of fur of malei (opossum) and daman (flying fox).
Note sheet number: 1075.
- 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: 25 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)