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Bark Cloth Beater

Pygmy, DRC

Bark Cloth Beater. Pygmy Culture, North Eastern DRC

 

This Pygmy tool with wonderful zoomorphic features would have been traditionally used to beat bark cloth. The beater is bound at the top with twine, and consists of a carved wooden handle - split at one end - with a wedged-in hippopotamus tooth 'head'.

Adorning the back of the 'head' of the tool, used for indenting and flattening the bark, are a series of criss-cross markings

 

Estimated Period: Late 19th / Early 20th Century

Ex Private Collection, Belgium

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