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Canoe prow figure head (musumusu or nguzunguzu)

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Small figures such as this one were tied above the waterline to the towering prows of large, plank canoes, used for warfare and fishing, which could accommodate over thirty men. The figures seem to have been associated with Kesoko, a beneficent spirit who warded off dangerous water spirits and...

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Former Collection: Alain Monbrisson, Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Probably New Georgia, Solomon Islands, Late 19th to early 20th century


20.32 cm (8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, shell inlay


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing