A RARE SOLOMON ISLAND COVER OF A SKULL BOX
Provenance: Kevin Conru, Brussels
The centerpiece of the box is a distinctive figurehead, known variously as a nguzu nguzu, musu musu, or toto isu. These wooden heads were morally attached at the waterring of a canoe and served as a supernatural protector, ensuring safe passage and a successful expedition.
This wooden cover served to store ancestor skulls who protected the village people.
New Georgia Island, Solomon Islands
Wood, 58 x 28 cm