University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Native NameApira Rafa
Object Number: 67-5-38
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Santa Catalina
Solomon Islands
Height: 30cm
Length: 179cm
Width: 41cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967


With curved garfish motifs at each end and inlaid with decorative panels. Carved by Farunga of Santa Catalina for W. Davenport in 1966. Use same as 67-5-39. Design for curved garfish was suggested by an old broken pira of this type left in Natagera, Santa Ana canoe house. Large pira of this kind are used only in commemorative feasts for presentinglarge amounts of pudding to an exchange group. The bowl is kept as a testament that such an exchange was made.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989)View Objects in Exhibition


[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. 13View Objects cited in this Publication

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