Bamboo bottle

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In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this bamboo bottle, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

According to Jackson’s research, this bamboo bottle contained red ochre used for body adornment during rituals. The ochre was applied as part of initiation ceremonies or in preparation for warfare. While Jackson was living in Papua New Guinea he saw the ochre used by men and boys, but not by women. Red ochre was often a spiritually significant pigment for the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea.
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Bamboo, red ochre and natural fibre.
224 x 34 x 34mm - LxWxD
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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