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Object Number: 37-22-181
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937


Used for making men's fishing nets like 37-22-182-187. If especially strong twist is required, fiber from the oil palm leaflets is used. The raphia fiber is stripped from the leaflets of Raphia vinifera. The twist is made, usually by the men, by rolling the fibers between the palm of the hand and the thigh.


[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 13View Objects cited in this Publication

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