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Humming Top

Object Number:37-22-198A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Locus: Sitia Chiefdom
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


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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