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Ritual Bowl

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Native Name:
Apira
Object Number:
67-5-3
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Solomon Islands
Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Wood
Shell
Glass
Pigment
Description:
Ritual communion bowl (apira ni mwane). Full shark with bowl on top. Carver Taro of Natagera Village (deceased). Name of tutelary unknown. This bowl used in the Waumwaumwa cult. Shark figure on pedestal represents the transformation of the tutelary spirit (ataro).
Height:
23cm
Length:
46.3cm
Width:
17.2cm
Credit Line:
William Kohler Collection, collected by William H. Davenport

Bibliography:

[Article] Davenport, William H. 1968. "Sculpture of the Eastern Solomons". Expedition. 10 (2): 4-25. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 7
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