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Ritual Bowl

Native NameApira
Object Number:67-5-4
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Solomon Islands
Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Height: 28.4 cm
Length: 57.5 cm
Width: 13 cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967


Ritual communion bowl (apira ni mwane). Bird body bowl, curved garfish underneath. This bowl used in the Waumwaumwa cult at Natagera. Carver: Piringimataua (deceased). Tutelary unknown. Compare with Illustration 98 in Bernatzik, Owa Raha (1936) which may be the same bowl - or this one is a replacement of that bowl.

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Year of Data - Living with the Sea: Charting the Pacific (28 Aug 2020) 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. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 10. no. 2. pg. 4-25 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 7 (No. 11)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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