Register description: Fishing float- wood with stone sinker and fishing line. Carved fishheaded human figure with incised geometric designs at top.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Fisheries fishing float
L523 x W108 mm
H40 mm (estimated)
Wood, stone, plant fibre
History and use
Fishing is a vital part of life in Solomon Islands. This fishnet float from Santa Ana (Owaraha) is designed to bob on the surface of the water keeping the top of a net afloat.
The figure on the top of the float is thought to represent a fishing god with the head of a fish and body of a man.