Image: Tomako Canoe, Carved Head: E23373

Tomako Canoe, Carved Head: E23373

Low down on the prow above the water line the carved figurehead is so placed as to dip in the water in front of the canoe. It is known as nguzunguzu in the Roviana Lagoon and toto isu in the Morovo Lagoon of New Georgia. The function of it was to look out for danger and keep off the sea spirit kesoko and other evil beings away from the canoe.

G. C. Clutton
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