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canoe ornament

canoe ornament
Wooden canoe prow ornament. Solomon Islands. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
 
Summary:
H000323 - 2/3/1895, canoe ornament, , New Georgia Islands, Western Province, Solomon Islands, Pacific
Item Name:
canoe ornament
Label:
This war canoe prow figurehead is called a toto isu in the Western District of the Solomon Islands. Its functions are to ensure success in warfare and deter water spirits from causing the wind and waves to overturn the canoe. This figurehead is believed to have been made in the New Georgia Group of the Western District of the Solomon Islands. The New South Wales Government donated it to the Museum in 1895.
Keywords:
art
ancestral spirit
warfare
transport
Region:
New Georgia Islands
Province/State:
Western Province
Country:
Solomon Islands
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
02/03/1895
Registration Number:
H000323
Associated Stories:
Banks collection - history of acquisition
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Wooden canoe prow ornament. Solomon Islands. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
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Wooden canoe prow ornament. Solomon Islands. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno
3:
Wooden canoe prow ornament. Solomon Islands. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: Ms. Emma Furno