University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:89-17-6A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Credit Line:Purchased from Stuart A. Kirsch, 1989
Other Number:52 A - Other Number


Slit gong (wong) and pebble beater (wong bot). Name is onomatopoetic. Hollowed log, cut by axe and smoothed with an adze. Handle at one end to hold the gong vertically, striking it inside with the river pebble beater. Knot at bottom, opposite handle. Traditionally, main use was to signal someone had been killed. This is the first recorded slit gong from Papua. Made by Kutem Buru, clan Namanggo.

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