Bone piercing tool

Maker
Unknown Maker
Description
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this bone piercing tool, 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.

Jackson fieldnotes: Sharp piece of bone used for making holes when working ornaments, such as mounting shell valuables, such as wby, kwlno, w!os in a "collar" made of string. Bky is the name of the bone, probably the fibula. There is disagreement as to whether this one somes from a cassowary or a pig but the former has more support. It is also used in making arm and leg bands (pwrwgand blc).
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Media/Materials
Bone
Measurements
161 x 13 x 6mm - LxWxD
Department Collection Type
Credit line
Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession number
1974/64/53

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