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Bowl of wood in form of a fish, blackened and inlaid with pearl-shell.
Length: 25.60 inches
- Curator's comments
- The register gives Ivens' collection as: Mostly Mala or Ulawa S. E. SOLOMONS
and refers to his book 'Melanesians of the Southeast Solomon Islands' which deals with Sa'a in south Malaita and Ulawa. This implies that the provenance was a curatorial deduction and, although many of the artefacts are south Malaita / Ulawa in style, some could equally be from north Malaita, where he also researched, in Lau.
In Makira and neighbouring small islands small ornamented pudding bowls with carvings of birds, fish and other motifs in place of handles were originally used particularly for personal sacrifices by men to their ancestral ghosts (see Ivens 1927:380, Mead 1973:21), and were later made for export (Davenport 1968).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Mrs Eleanor Ivens, the widow of Rev W G Ivens of the Melanesian Mission, gave her husband's collection of Solomon Islands artefacts to the British Museum after his death in 1940.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number