Image: Spinning top E013804 #1

Spinning top E013804 #1

Spinning top made from a gourd mounted on a stick, and fixed with beeswax and fibre twine. The gourd is painted in four bands of red and white ochre. A hole is pierced in the side of gourd to make it whistle when spun by twirling with the flats of open hands. Acquired by the Australian Museum in 1905 from Walter Edmund Roth, who collected it from the Cairns district, Cape York, Queensland.

Finton Mahony
© Australian Museum

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