Image: Solomon Islands - Model of a shark

Solomon Islands - Model of a shark

Model of a shark. Solomon Islands. Australian Museum Collections.

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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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loribcamp - 3.08 AM, 20 August 2011
Wow- how did I come across this while looking for model canoes? That's funny. These are some seriously cool models though, nice work to the artist(s) involved! Thanks for sharing!

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