Plaque

Production date
Circa 1950s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Malaita
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Description
Wooden plaque with shell inlay of a man in canoe with tree and bird. Same design on the back has been etched but not inlaid.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification ORNAMENTS Mixed Media ornament
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Measurements
L125 x W205 x H7 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, shell
Signature/Marks
Two plaques. \ Made by a leper \ (1950) \ from Malaita
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

This wooden plaque with shell inlay was made by a patient at a leprosy hostipal on Malaita in the 1950s. Patients made objects such as plaques and wooden knives to sell to tourists as their primary source of income.
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E40696

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