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Solomon Islands Inlaid Bowl

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The sea and its creatures have always played a predominant role in the life of the Solomon Islanders. Marine motifs on ceremonial objects such as bowls allude to various sea spirits, which can appear in either threatening or benevolent manifestations. Spirits in the shape of the highly prized...

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea,


91.44 x 10.16 x 23.49 cm (36 x 4 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, shell inlay


Africa and Oceania