Float

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40558
Item name
Float 
Category
Fishing
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Owahara (Santa Ana) Island
Map
Collector
Mrs Jean and Mr Russell Herbert 
Acquisition date
September 02, 2011 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Jean Herbert 
Raw material
Wood; stone; plant fibre; shell, pearl, turtle; dye, natural; plastic
Dimensions
H: 560 mm W: 115 mm L: D: 55 mm Circum:

Description

Fishing float carved from wood with carved figure, painted black, stone weight attached with twine, shell fish hook.

Research notes

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.

Attributed to Makira-Ulawa Province by David Akin.

The carved figure is Ngorieru, the fishing god. Purchased from the Honiara wharf or market 1979 [Jean Herbert catalogue notes]. Also thought to be Kesoko the fishing spirit believed to inhabit reef shores of Marovo and Roviana [D Akin 2013, pers. Comm., 5 September]. Kesoko is described by Hocart (1937) as having one leg, white hair and a birds head and beak.

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