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Object Number: 67-5-130
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Santa Ana, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Shell
Length: 214cm
Credit Line:William Kohler Expedition; William H. Davenport, 1967
Other NumberP1 - Other Number

Description

Iconography: half-man, half-shark figure holding human figure in jaws. Bonito fish and birds above. Fish design below. Inlaid with half-round conus shells (meta), stained black with white lime and red earth painted designs, inserted dorsal fins. Figure depicts myth of Karemanua, the best known religious story in the Eastern Solomons. Carver: Nimanima of Gupuna Village. Completed Jan. 1965. Commissioned by W. Davenport. Post of the type and size used in commemorative feast house (ruma tura)


Bibliography:

[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. 11View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Dallas Museum of Art. 1970. Arts of Oceania.View Objects cited in this Publication

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