Engraved copper plaque on wooden board. "Solomon Islands" with map of Solomon Islands and palm trees.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander sculpture
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander ornament
ORNAMENTS Mixed Media ornament
Betikama Adventist High School
L250 x W400 x H14 mm
Copper, wood. metal foil
SOLOMON \ ISLANDS
BETIKAMA COPPER \ hand crafted copper ware \ A STUDENT WORK DEPARTMENT OF \ BETIKAMA ADVENTIST HIGH SCHOOL \ BOX 516, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Made in \ Honiara \ by 7th Day \ Adventist \ School \ Gift \ Betikama
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 plaque is typical of the copper engravings produced at Betikama Adventist College in Honiara. Such pieces are often sold to tourists or commissioned for special purposes.