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Object Number:55-17-28
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tiwi
Provenience: Australia
Northern Australia
Melville Island
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Feather
Bone
Cord
Length: 33 cm
Credit Line:National Geographic / University Museum Expedition; Jane C. Goodale, 1955

Description

Balls made of goose feathers stuck together with beeswax and a metal cap is suspended on a 4-straid twisted human hair rope. Native name: Tokwinga. Worn around neck and/or wrists during funeral (pukamani) and in (kulama) ceremonies; is sometimes placed in mouth during dances. Like 55-17-27 but beeswax used to stick feathers; wooden pin


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