nurtunja (Ritual Funerary Stick)

Physical description

Ritual funerary stick. A large, round bundle of plant fibre, wide at bottom and narrowing toward the top, densely wrapped by thin, twisted fibres coloured in wide bands of white, light brown, and dark yellow pigment. Feather down is woven into the fibre in several places, mainly around the midpoint. At top is a smooth stick of forked wood, wrapped into the body of the piece with the twisted plant fibre. It is thickly covered with yellow pigment. Two long handles of twisted fibre are attached either side, at midpoint.