- Registration number
- Item name
- Model canoe
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Bauro language group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Makira (San Cristobal) Island > Kirakira
- Miss Margaret West
- Acquisition date
- July 01, 1977
- Acquisition method
- Museum field work by Miss Margaret West
- Raw material
- wood; shell, nautilis; nut paste
- H: 90 mm W: 215 mm L: D: 57 mm Circum:
Model canoe carved from wood with rectangular base; blackened. Mother-of-pearl shell inlay decorates the canoe with fish and rows of stylised frigate bird; a large bonito is carved inside the canoe; frigate birds with fish at the bow and stern. Registration number marked with pen and tag.
This miniature canoe in the Santa Ana style, including at both prow and stern, frigate birds with fish. is focused on fishing, an activity of both practical and symbolical importance [Graham Baines].
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.
Collected in 1977.