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Bonito Canoe model

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Solomon Islanders have long traded model canoes with other islanders. In the mid-nineteenth century, they began to make them for sale. This is one of many instances where production for the Western market began with the earliest contact. The model is a faithful replica of the sacred bonito...

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red plastic label on side: "34"


By 1948, Galerie Carrefour (Pierre Verite) Paris France; 1948, sold by Galerie Carrefour to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Possibly Ulawa Island, Eastern Solomon Islands, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Eastern, Solomon Islands


Overall: 33.5 x 139 x 13.5 cm (13 3/16 x 54 3/4 x 5 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, parinarium nut resin, varnish, nautilus shell, juste fabric [repair]


Africa and Oceania