Record metadata:

Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6419
KeywordsStaff / walking stick
DescriptionThis walking stick would have belonged to an elder (anu falu, M) and would have been worshiped after his passing at harvest festivals (sau batar, T). This staff was used for walking and personal protection. It is highly ornamented with incised designs of fish, letters numerals and type of brand mark presumably used to identify certain property as belonging to a specific person or clan. Such brands were used to distinguish livestock, property boundaries (through their incision in trees and to mark personal property).
Creator of ObjectPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypePersonal object
Dimensions83.5 cm high 3.7 cm diameter
Use status in 2014Not used
MaterialWood
TechniqueHand carved and incised
Institution/Holder: objectMuseum der Kulturen Basel
CollectorDr Alfred B├╝hler
Date CollectedAugust 1935
Place CollectedBaguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
File CopyrightMuseum der Kulturen Basel. Photograph taken by Joanna Barrkman, 2014
MKB/Buehler object titleStabkuele, G Taokei
Production status in 2014Not made
Timorese Language Term/sTaru, taru falu, M Ai tonka lulik, T (walking stick)

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