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Horse riding whip


Timor Island. Timor Leste. Suai
Belu people
Wood, leather, metal, glass, cotton
44 × Ø 4 cm
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Inv. T.14.002

Riding whip with wooden handle depicting a divinity of rounded square form. Being done the importance of horses in the Timorese socio-economic organisation, the whip may have referred to the higher status or function of its owner, or related to a specific use. The lash is made out of leather strips woven together. This is a beautiful and rare example, since very few handles were decorated with such figures.

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