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Early 20th C., Democratic Republic of the Congo, Worn Cloth Beater, 36cm .

Price 960 €


Old and well used bark cloth beater made out of a wooden shaft with a cross-hatched blackened tip which is lashed into position by a strip of cane. These grooved wooden beaters were tools used to pound and soften tree bark, for the processing of bark cloth used as clothing.This tool has many different variations that are seen in indigenous cultures worldwide, yet all for a similar purpose. They vary in size, shapes, and materials. They are carved with parallel striations. Some bark beaters have long handles, while others have an encircling groove around the side for hafting so it fits easily in one's hand.

H x W x D

36 x 25 x 22 cm