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(See Body Art, separate entry.) Solomon Island woodcarvings, with mother-of-pearl and other shell inlays, are among the most exquisite in the Pacific, and various traditional designs have become ubiquitous in modern tourist art.The carving of stone items is confined mostly to the Western Solomons, (e.g.There are also various styles of traditional currency or wealth (q.v. (Starzecka and Cranstone 1974; Burt and Bolton 2014) Tools Before the introduction of metal trade goods, Solomon Islanders' major tools were stone and clamshell axes, adzes and hammers.Blades and handles varied in size and shape for different tasks, such as canoe making, currency manufacture, tree clearing and general food production.Mortars and pestles made from wood and stone are still used to prepare taro and nut puddings.Stone mortars were made from river boulders on Nggatokae Island in the Western Solomons.Digging sticks were a major gardening tool once the land was cleared, and gardens usually fenced with wood or bamboo to keep out pigs.Pottery Pottery was manufactured in the archipelago but was not widespread.

Just as every man and woman was a gardener, each also developed skills in various crafts.Baskets, netted bags, and mats are made variously throughout most islands from pandanus, coconut leaves, vines, bark and other fibres, some woven with intricate patterns.Bamboo food and lime containers are still made on Guadalcanal and other islands with blackened etched designs.Overview This is a term used to cover the wide range of equipment, structures, and objects made and modified to enable human beings to survive in their environment, together with ritual, decorative or culturally and socially valuable items created as adjuncts to the provision for physical needs.In Solomon Islands, the oldest extant, undated, art forms are petroglyphs found on Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella and South Malaita, but archaeological research throughout the islands continues to fill in knowledge about societies in the past, and when and how they lived.

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