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Funerary Pole

Object Number:55-17-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tiwi
Provenience: Australia
Northern Australia
Melville Island
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Length: 195 cm
Credit Line:National Geographic / University Museum Expedition; Jane C. Goodale, 1955

Description

Carved from bloodwood trees painted with natural ochres.

Top: Two "ears" black on top then yellow with red stripes

Native Name: Pukamani pole(or) "Tudini" meaning pole.

Use: To be set up around the grave.

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