- Museum number
Length of rattan forming large loop, brought together at base of loop to form long shaft. Tied at base of loop with plant fibre cord bound with cane strips; top band plaited, strips below placed horizontally (with one vertical strip on opposing side), top strips decorated with incised triangles. Further strips at top third of shaft and base, securing length of smoothed bone with joint at base-end, and wooden strip with white feather secured with cane wrapping at quill. Palm leaf loosely tied above bone top. Further triangles incised around top and side of rattan loop.
- Production date
Height: 4.80 centimetres (palm leaf loop near base)
Length: 125 centimetres
Width: 24 centimetres (loop)
Width: 4.80 centimetres (max width of shaft with binding)
Width: 8 centimetres (palm leaf loop near base)
- Curator's comments
- “Illustrated in BM register showing length of palm leaf with central feathers now broken away (from palm leaf tie near base and tie on side of loop). Described by F.E. Williams in ‘Papuans of the Trans-Fly’ (pages 418-19) as a pig-fender called liwa used by Trans-Fly peoples 'to engage the snout of a charging pig’; used occasionally by a group of peoples he calls Keraki (occupying the wider Morehead River area) but typically 'the Gambadi and Mikud' to the east and west. This example is narrower than the dimensions Williams references of '18 X 12 inches’.”
Comment by Heather Donoghue, Ph.D candidate, UEA, 2022.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired during the Daniels Ethnographical Expedition to British New Guinea 1903-1904.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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