Image: Solomon Islands - Skull shrine and carved figure

Solomon Islands - Skull shrine and carved figure

Skull shrine and carved figure, Simbo, Solomon Islands about 1900. Capell Album,

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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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