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Tortoise Shell

Object Number:37-22-31B
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Materials:Turtle Shell
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


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

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