- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Owahara (Santa Ana) Island
- 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
- H: 560 mm W: 115 mm L: D: 55 mm Circum:
Fishing float carved from wood with carved figure, painted black, stone weight attached with twine, shell fish hook.
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.