Humming Top


From: Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 37-22-198A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Sherbro
Provenience Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island
Locus Sitia Chiefdom | Yoni
Section African
Materials Nuts | Wood | Fiber

Made from a nut, like 37-22-197 but larger. The wooden handle and peg are inserted in holes and held in place by a resinous substance. The sound produced by the spinning top, resembles that made by the whistle, 37-22-197; hence the same name. Each end of the string is passed through a hole in a short piece of wood and knotted to keep these on the string. The nut has three perforations round the circumference.

Height 14.2 cm
Outside Diameter 7.5 cm
Credit Line Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number 106 - Collector Number

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