Bark Cloth Beater. Pygmy Culture, North Eastern DRC
This Pygmy tool with wonderful zoomorphic features would have been traditionally used to beat bark cloth. This bark cloth beater is bound at the top with twine, and consists of a carved wooden handle, split at one end, with a wedged-in hippo tooth ‘head’. Criss-cross markings adorn the back of the head, used for indenting and flattening the bark.
Estimated Period: Late 19th / Early 20th Century
Ex Private Collection, Belgium