Image: Solomon Islands - Islet shrine and gamal
Islet shrine and gamal, Vella La Vella. Mel Ward collection. Solomon Islands.
- © Australian Museum Archives
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.