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Object Number:29-50-551A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Guinea
Timbunke
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bamboo
Wood
Peel
Pigment
Iconography:Crocodile
Length: 53.6 cm
Outside Diameter:3.2 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Max Boehmig through Emil Roehrig (Barthels Mfg. Co.), 1924
Other Number:203 - Other Number

Description

Section of bamboo plugged at both ends with wooden stoppers, the upper pierced to admit lime stick. The bottom plug is carved to represent a crocodile's head; the upper is somewhat hour-glass shaped. Both are painted and so are the basketwork tubes which cover the insertion of the plugs in the bamboo. The lime stick has attached to it 3 plaited fibre chains each holding a feather. Said to be used in dances.


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