Rope (gaon-bue)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Coil of rope tied on one side with a piece of commercial string. The rope is braided with a loop at one end and a knot and tassle at the other end.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander rope
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Measurements
Weight:58g
Length:320mm
Width:290mm
Media/Materials description
Wild Hibiscus Fibre
History and use
On Pentecost in Vanuatu, gaon-bue rope is used to tie pigs to trees close to the village hut, and lead the pigs to ceremonies. The fringed end of the rope is pushed through a loop in the opposite end and tightened around the leg of the pig. For the comfort of the pig, the rope is alternated from leg to leg occasionally. The rope is used until it breaks, and usually lasts for several months.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
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QE25614

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