Description & Technical information

A very fine and expressive bull-roarer. The stylized, whimsical human face represents a generic ancestor.
The sound caused by the vibration of the blade of the bull-roarer spinning through the air when swung in circles attached to a string is said to be the voices of the ancestors. There is a median crest running down the top two thirds of the rear section. Papuan Gulf, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with traces of lime infill a fine patina of age and usage. 45,5 cm. 19/20th century.

Date:  19/20th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Wood, Traces of lime infill
Dimensions: 45.5 cm (17⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Field collected by Thomas Schultz Westrum, circa 1966, inv. N° 373 – 14.4.66 – A. Ex coll. : Ulrich Kortmann, Dortmund.
Categories: Tribal Art