Record metadata:

Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6448a-b-c
KeywordsFire making kit (stone and metal flint) and pouch
DescriptionThis stone and metal were stored in this pouch and were used a flint to create fire. The skin of a local palm tree (see IIc 6450) was used as a tinder, which was very soft and like cotton. The tinder was placed on top of the stone sherd and then the metal was truck upon the stone to create a spark, causing the skin to burn. Then it was necessary to gently blow to assist the fire to ignite. The stone was referred to as 'afa lasi', M; 'fatuk taa', T; a stone sherd.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypePersonal object
DimensionsPouch:10.3 cm high; 5.8 W cm
Use status in 2014Not used; people now use matches and commercially manufactures plastic disposable lighters
MaterialPalm fibre, stone, metal
TechniqueHand woven
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 titleSchlagfeuerzeug, G Bua bua
NotesPedro Lebre identified this flint kit, 18/10/2014, Dili.
Production status in 2014Not made
Timorese Language Term/sAta lasi, M Ai fatuk, T

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