Solomon Islands
Fishing Floats
B19 54x12.5x5cm; B20 54x9.5x5cm


The fishing floats included in this collection were crafted in Santa Ana, from the soft wood Alstoiaa Scholaris, darkened with a mixture of charcoal and natural plant sap and bound with a volcanic rock (pumice) with bamboo strips. Traditional designs and decorative elements are incised into the wood. Motifs for floats include the fish-headed spirit (such as Tararamanu), shark, porpoise, garfish and bonito. The pumice stone on the bottom holds the float upright, while the hook and line hang below.