Nguzu Canoe front - MAROVO LAGOON - Solomon Islands

Nguzu Canoe front - MAROVO LAGOON - Solomon Islands
second half 20th century - Good condition

Canoe-prow figureheads were an important part of a war canoe. Their main recorded function was to serve the canoe and its warriors in a protective manner. The spirit of the prow figure protected against natural and supernatural elements: anything from storms and dangerous waters to menacing water spirits. The large eyes and ears aided in warding off sea spirits; the ears to hear everything in the air and underwater, the eyes fixed open in an ever-watchful, piercing gaze. The figureheads are quite small and, due to being tied to the prow low down at the water-line, could be easily overlooked. The majority have horizontally thrusting (prognathic) jaw-lines and long curved upturned noses which combine to give them a somewhat dog-like countenance.

Made of wood and shell inlay
length:25 cm
will be shipped with international priority shipping service

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