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A group of three funerary 'batons' made of light, coloured and heavy wood. They have a similar design at each end in black (charcoal) of two bands encircling the baton and three legs (snakes).
The design of diamond-shaped scales of No. c is much more snake-like than the previous two.
Length: 22.75 inches (a)
Length: 10.25 inches (b)
Length: 8.75 inches (c)
Width: 2 inches (a)
Width: 0.87 inches (b)
Width: 1.50 inches (c)
- Curator's comments
- Register 1962:
A: 'Baton' of light coloured, heavy wood. Similar design at each end in black (charcoal) of two bands encircling the baton and 3 legs/snakes.
B: Another similar baton [to Am1962,01.272a] though much smaller.
C: Another similar baton to 272A [to Am1962,01.272a], but design of diamonds much more snake like.
A: M6A; B:M6B; C:M6D. MARACA. These sticks are used by the women in the 'out' burial ceremony when the body is carried to the cave?, to beat the undergrowth? and [illegible] to send? away the evil spirits. At the end of the ceremony they are thrown into the cave.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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