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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
 
Summary:
E017270 - 30/10/1907, top, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
top
Label:
A stone spinning top, shaped with a flat top and spherical base. There is a wooden spindle inserted through a hole drilled in the centre. It is decorated with painted designs and said to be used in men's competitive games. It is known as "kulaap" or "kolap" by the Meriam people. It was collected by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907 for the Museum. (33.5cm)
Place:
Mer (Murray Islands)
Region:
Torres Strait
Province/State:
Queensland
Country:
Australia
Collection Area:
Australia
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
30/10/1907
Registration Number:
E017270
Associated Stories:
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
Australian Museum Expedition to Torres Strait in 1907: Rationale
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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A spinning top made of volcanic stone, with a ground convex disc and a wooden spindle. It is decorated with remains of orange and blue ochre. It is said to be used in men's games or dances. It was collected on Mer (Murray Island) by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Paul Ovenden
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Top. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher