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Object Number: 67-5-127
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
Height: 69cm
Length: 172cm
Width: 82cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967


Carved figure of mythical shark of the iri species holding human figure in jaws. Detachable dorsal and pectoral fins. Chamber for bones in one side. Stained black, with shell inlay and painted dorsal and ventral fin spines. Represents the man Okua, who was killed by a shark off Santa Ana about 1946-1948. Carver: Tarofinmana, of Natagera, Santa Ana.


[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. 12View Objects cited in this Publication

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