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Necklace migathi ya miti

A necklace composed of delicate wooden cylindrical beads (migathi ya miti) with turquoise beads between each piece strung on fibre. Worn by both sexes for traditional dances. The wood is...

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Mouthpiece

A bow drill consists of a mouthpiece, a cylindrical drill shaft of wood, and a drill bow. Points attached to drill shafts were stone, later of iron and steel....

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Knife

Based on earlier shark-tooth weapons, these knives were made for the export market. A scientific study of shark teeth on 19th century weapons has shown that certain species of shark...

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Spear thrower

Notes from a research visit by Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of Oceanic Collections at the British Museum, 8-9/07/2015: This is a very old specimen from Western Australia, south-west Western Australia. A...

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Sapanpe

A ceremonial headband of bark and wood shavings worn by elders when invoking or dismissing gods. Associated with the Bear Festival, Iomante, when a young bear is killed to...

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Shield

Carved from a single piece of wood, the surface covered with a lacework of cane strips. The strip of hide around the edge originally had a long fringe of...

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Shoe

Geta are made from a flat piece of wood on two slats (called ha, or teeth) that raise the sole part 4-5cm off the ground. This is enough to keep...

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Lime spatula

A wood spatula that would have been used in the chewing of a quid: a betel leaf wrapped around portions of areca nut and slaked lime for its stimulating effect....

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Shoe

Geta are made from a flat piece of wood on two slats (called ha, or teeth) that raise the sole part 4-5cm off the ground. This is enough to keep...

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