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Figure-head for a canoe, of wood painted black
Height: 18 centimetres
Height: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register reads:
[SOLOMON IS. (W.B.F.)]
The initials and brackets indicate that this provenance is conjectural.
Figureheads of this general type were tied to the prow just above the waterline of large voyaging canoes used for trading and raiding in the western islands of Solomon Islands from Choiseul to Gela, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their purpose was to watch out for danger on the sea in the form of enemies and spirits. (see J. Kupiainen (2000) Tradition, Trade and Woodcarving in Solomon Islands pp 52-64)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register reads, for collection Oc1938,1001 as a whole:
Given by Miss E. K. B. Lister, 11 Western Terrace, Falmouth. / Collected by the donor's father and brother (in whose memory they are given).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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