Statue, Solomon Islands; Unknown maker; 1965-1970; WY.2020.1.3


Statue, Solomon Islands

About this object

This wooden carving belonged to Myra Charlotte Fraser, who came from Waiarikiki. Myra attended Wyndham District High School, and became Dux in 1934, (the Museum also holds this award). She lived until the age of 99, dying in January 2018, and is buried in the Invercargill Cemetery.

Myra was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the Empire Medal (MBE) in 1971. This was in recognition of her work, spending 20 years teaching in the Solomon Islands. Upon leaving the Solomons Myra was presented with this carving and it remained a prized possession.

The following comments were added by Darian Nelson14 Dec 2020
Sorry it is not a mother and child. The smaller figure is a bird. The statue is called a Nguzu Nguzu and traditionally decorated the prow of canoes. A war canoe had one holding a small shrunken head or skull, a peace canoe had one holding a bird. I was born in The Solomons, my dad was there 18 years, also received an OBE and the same gift when we left.


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Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
organic, processed material, animal, shell, mother-of-pearl

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Oceania, Solomon Islands


h 220 mm x w 110 mm x d 110 mm

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People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

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Religion and Belief

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