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clapstick

 
Summary:
E017299 - 31/10/1907, clapstick, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
clapstick
Label:
A bamboo clapstick, decorated with geometric designs with black painted outlines and some incised decoration. It has two longitudinal splits in the handle. It is said to be used in rain-making ceremonies by moving it sharply up and down to produce a clapping sound. It is known as "kiri-kiri-kiebel" or "kerker keber" by the Meriam people. It was collected for the Museum by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907 from Mer (Murray Island).
Keywords:
ceremony
Place:
Mer (Murray Islands)
Region:
Torres Strait
Province/State:
Queensland
Country:
Australia
Collection Area:
Australia
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
31/10/1907
Registration Number:
E017299
Associated Stories:
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
Australian Museum Expedition to Torres Strait in 1907: Rationale