Tortoise Shell


From: Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island | Yoni

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 37-22-31B
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island | Yoni
Section African
Materials Turtle Shell | Wood | Fiber

The kontto is beaten like a gong to summon the members of the Poro Society, or by the attendants of a Poro official when he appears in public in his official character. The ordinary expression for tortoise shell is konggo [ tortoise] bawk [shell]. Cf. 37-22-31A.1 and 37-22-37A.2

Height 7.5 cm
Length 56 cm
Width 36 cm
Credit Line Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number 128 - Collector Number

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