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Rice Harvesting Knife

Object Number:P487
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kantu'
Provenience: Borneo
Dutch West Borneo
Kapuas River
Putus Sibau
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Metal
Wood
Length: 14 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Alfred C. Harrison Jr. and Dr. H. M. Hiller, 1899

Description

Small iron blade mounted on flat piece of wood. For cutting rice. "The operation is performed with a small rude knife-blade mounted in a wooden handle along its whole length. . . . This is held in the hollow of the right hand, the ends of a short cross bar projecting between the first and second fingers and between thumb and first finger. The thumb seizes and presses the head of each blade of corn [sic] against the edge of the knife. The ears thus cropped are thrown into a basket slung round the neck."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

The Dayaks: Peoples of the Borneo Rain Forest (Furness, Hiller, Harrison Borneo Collection) (25 Feb 1989 - 01 Jul 1990) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] McDougall, William, and Hose, Charles. 1912. The Pagan Tribes of Borneo.. London. Macmillan and Company. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Vol. I, pp. 104-105 and Fig. 14View Objects related to this Type Citation

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