Image: Skull shrine, Nusa Roviana Lagoon

Skull shrine, Nusa Roviana Lagoon

Skull shrine, Nusa Roviana Lagoon, Western Province, Solomon Islands 1992.

Photographer:
Yvonne Carillo- Huffman
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

The skulls of important people, such as chiefs or priests, were collected after initial disposal and stored in wooden effigies, model canoes or in mortuary huts or on stone altars. These then became sites of worship and sacrifice. Relics of commoners could also be stored in wooden figures in a private house.

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