About this object

History of use

The bundle is held for ritual use and is believed to have mystical power, bringing fortune to bearer in exchange, health, fertility, etc. Stones of men who maintain moral, cooperative relations are kept together. The bundle is used pertaining to the Rudu Ribu ritual group.

Cultural context


Physical description

A bundle originally wrapped in bark (part a) (now fragmented). Contains two river pebbles (parts b-c) rubbed with red ochre, a string of cassowary feathers about 42 cm. long (part d), a length of cotton cord, (part e) on which, there are threaded small fibre balls and at the end of which, there is a 3 cm. long strip of red cloth, one fossil (part f) and two pieces of obsidian (parts g-h).