Solomon Islands
Apira (Ceremonial Food Bowl)
A04 53 x 11 x 13cm


This ornate ceremonial food bowl was used for offerings and displayed during other traditional occasions and celebrations. Skilled craftsmen carved the soft wood Alstoiaa Scholaris that was then darkened by a mixture of charcoal and natural plant sap and inlaid with nautilus shell. Traditional motifs appearing on the apiras may include those of fish, birds, other animal and human figures.