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piercing equipment

piercing equipment
Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
 
Summary:
E017367 - 31/10/1907, piercing equipment, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
piercing equipment
Label:
A sharp ear-piercing needle made from turtleshell. Its handle is decorated with carved cross-hatching and it is strung on a plaited palm leaf cord. It is used for ear-piercing and also said to be used for making incisions into a child's ear lobe, in preparation for eventual fitting of decorations. It is called "tel/tol" by the Meriam people. It was collected by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. (6.2x1.3cm)
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:
E017367
Associated Stories:
BODY ENHANCEMENT
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
Images
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Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher
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Piercing equipment. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Rebecca Fisher