A journey through history

By Zhang Kun in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated: 2023-06-09 06:24
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Pendant, Conus shell, New Georgia Islands, early to mid-20th century. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Nuku says that this perspective is especially important today, as the world is faced with problems such as the climate crisis that requires everyone to come together to tackle.

Nuku then spoke about her favorite object in the exhibition — a canoe prow from the Solomon Islands made of dark stained wood and featuring a pearl shell inlay. The prow, she notes, is an important item in this culture because the Solomon Islanders spend much of their time on the water and have to fish every day. The prow is also viewed as an object that keeps evil spirits at bay and ensures a safe fishing expedition and a good catch.

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