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  • Other Name

    ike (Tongan)

  • Description

    Ike. Bark cloth beater. Ike are used in the process of making ngatu (bark cloth). Strips of the inner paper mulberry are soaked overnight and then beaten with an ike on a board to flatten and stretch the strips into bigger and thinner sections. These are then pasted with other sections to make up a completed ngatu. This ike is carved from one block of wood, light brown in colour. The handle is cylindrical in shape, tapering out towards the base.

    The beater itself is long and square in shape with four sides which are all used in the beating process. There is one flat side, two of the sides have three lengthwise grooves carved into it and the remaining side has four grooves. There are little to no signs of wear and tear or use, still looks new.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    27336 (ethnology)

  • Department
beater, 1944.91, 27336, Cultural Permissions Apply

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