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ear ornament

ear ornament
Ear ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
 
Summary:
E017372 - 31/10/1907, ear ornament, Mer (Murray Islands), Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, Australia
Item Name:
ear ornament
Label:
An ear distenders carved from wood. It has has two lobes connected by a narrow ridge, decorated with carved designs and in-filled with red and blue pigment. They are said to be used for distending ear lobes after piercing. They are called "peltut/laip tut" by the Meriam people. They were collected for the Museum by C. Hedley and A.R. McCulloch in 1907. (6.0x2.5cm.)
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:
E017372
Associated Stories:
The Hedley and McCulloch Collection: Torres Strait 1907
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Ear ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Ear ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Ear ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony
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Ear ornament. Mer (Murray Island), Torres Strait, Queensland. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Anthropology Dept - Finton Mahony