Solomon Islands Wood Carving - Oceanic Art 2000. Collectable tribal artwork canoe prow carving in wood and mother of pearl inlay handmade made in early 2000s.
This design is also known as NguzuNguzu and features a warrior head holding a smaller head. Wood prow carvings were designed to be tied to a canoe and hang at the water line. They are said to be associated with Kesoko, a beneficient spirit, that would ward-off dangerous water spirits or enemies.
The wood is very smooth and has attractive colour/patina. It has intricate mother of pearl pattern shapes inlaid.
This collectible island wood carving is in perfect condition and measures 14 cm high and 5 cm at widest point.