- Museum number
Figure of a girl, of wood, from a meeting house.
Height: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO (Eth.Doc.1096) reads:
24. beku. Wooden figure carved by old man Samoai of Nufu. beku of men and women used to be put round the kalofo (meeting house) in old days when fanlapulapu (fighting) used to go on. There used to be many round the sides such as this one; some were small like this; others bigger. This one represents a girl child (batafa tauii) (of Bui[m)] because of the lines on the face.
Note sheet number: 2316.
- 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: 24 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)