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Magic object

Museum number:
11-38543
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Accession number:
Acc.2219
Object count:
1
Description:
Dagger-shaped cassowary tibia with wrapping at top; Magical (religious) object; common part of “medicine kit”; shaken over person, sugar cane, etc. when casting a spell.
Donor:
Klaus Koch and University Appropriation
Collection place:
Pasikni Village, Central Jalemo, West Papua Province
Culture or time period:
Indonesian cultures and Yali people
Materials:
Bone (material)
Taxon:
Casuarius
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.2 Magic: Objects Associated with Practices reflecting confidence in the ability to manipulate supernatural agencies
Accession date:
1967
Department:
Cat. 11 - Oceania (incl. Australia)
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