Fish float

Production date
Pre 1979
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Makira
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Description
Register description: Fishing float- wood with stone sinker and fishing line. Carved fishheaded human figure with incised geometric designs at top.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Fisheries fishing float
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Production date
Pre 1979
Production place
Measurements
L523 x W108 mm
H40 mm (estimated)
Media/Materials description
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.
Registration number
E16153

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