AN ABELAM CULT WHISTLE
Provenance: Steijler Mission SVD collected by Father Höltker 1935-1938
The Abelam used whistles made of small coconuts in ceremonial dancing and for signalling during hunts. These whistles were made of coconut shell.
Abelam area, Papua New Guinea
Coconut shell and natural pigments, 18 x 14 cm