Sea spirits are called "akalo ni matawa" in the Solomon Islands. This sea spirit, Kesoko, has a man's body but his mouth is like the beak of a frigate bird (which is known to harass other birds until they drop or regurgitate their recently captured food, which the frigate bird snatches in midair.) Kesoko is closely tied to spear-fishing and net-fishing.
The eyes have been inlaid with mother of pearl shell. He is holding a spear and a recently caught bonito, a common fish if the area.
Carved from Solomon Island rosewood (pterocarpus indicus) by Garry Ghusa of Telina Island, Marovo Lagoon, Western Province.
Personally collected Firebird Voyage
27"H x 15"D x 5"W