House Post

Santa Ana Island

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Many peoples in the eastern Solomon Islands construct elaborate feast houses and canoe houses supported by carved wood posts. The imagery of the posts frequently, as here, incorporates anthropomorphic figures depicting supernatural beings or individuals associated with specific historical events. The male figure on this post is shown in a seated position, with a shark, a creature intimately associated with the spirit world, carved in relief on his back. A pair of curved motifs, possibly stylized seabirds, appears above his forehead. The larger crescents above do not represent a headdress but instead echo the form of the rounded notch in the top of the post, which once held one of the horizontal beams that helped support the roof.

House Post, Wood, Santa Ana Island

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