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Description

Rhythm pounder. Wooden female figure with long curved legs and feet standing on a small domed base. Short arms hang at sides. The figure wears a bracelet on each wrist, an arm ring on each upper arm, one band below the breasts, and two bands at the waist with a cloth hanging(?). There are incised crosshatched designs on the face, shoulders, arms, breasts, quadriceps and pregnant belly. The face extends out from the neck, and hangs down. The face is long and oval shaped with heavy lidded eyes and a serrated mouth with a flat back. Perched on the head is a rodent-like animal with its tail dangling down behind the figure. The shape of the human figure's head mimics that of the rodents. The ears sit high on the head, and are folded back.

History Of Use

Traditionally used at Poro society members funeral ceremonies.

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