Bull-Roarer.

A very fine and expressive bull-roarer. The stylized, whimsical human face represents a generic ancestor

Provenance: Field collected by Thomas Schultz Westrum, circa 1966, inv. N° 373 – 14.4.66 – A. Ex coll. : Ulrich Kortmann, Dortmund.

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.