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Native NameApira
Object Number: 67-5-3
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Solomon Islands
Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Height: 23cm
Length: 46.3cm
Width: 17.2cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967


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).


[Article] Davenport, William H. 1968. "Sculpture of the Eastern Solomons". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 10 (2): 4-25. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 7View Objects cited in this Publication

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