By Appointment Only Leuven Belgium 32475648678
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$ 5,482

Early 20th C, DRC, Selection of three Bark cloth Beaters

Origin Congo-Kinshasa
Period 1920-1949
Materials Wood, hand crafted
W. 1.97 in; H. 14.17 in; D. 9.06 in;
W. 5 cm; H. 36 cm; D. 23 cm;
Condition Good.
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Three old and well-used bark cloth beater made out of a wooden shaft with a cross-hatched blackened tip lashed into position by a cane strip. These grooved wooden beaters were used to pound and soften tree bark to process barkcloth used as clothing. This tool has many different variations 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.
Styles / Movements Traditional, Tribal
Dealer Reference Number 400-401-1663
Incollect Reference Number 463182
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