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Object Number: 67-5-85
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Solomon Islands
Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Length: 5.9cm
Width: 5cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967


Of tridacna shell. This is the elegant form and suitable for a man of great prestige only, hence called tamono ni arafa or tamono ni mwana rafa "tamono of a big man". This specimen was never finished because man for whom it was being made died. Were it finished it would have a slit through to center hole where it would fasten to nasal septum. Broken parts were deliberately destroyed as part of mourning. It was kept as a memento of the man, Terikito who was grand or great-grandmother's brother to Nimamima of Gupuna who gave the specimen.


[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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 19 (middle right)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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