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Welcome to another edition of Stick of the Week! This time the stick is a genuine mystery…
It is listed in our accession register as being one of two ‘short sticks hooked at one end, [use unknown]’. We know that it is from the Andaman Islands and was collected by Major General Montague Protheroe, who was Officiating Superintendent of the Andaman Islands in the late 1800s. It was acquired by the Horniman as part of his bequest in 1908.
The stick is naturally hooked at one end, and is decorated with diagonal incised lines along its length. Any suggestions as to what it could be?

Welcome to another edition of Stick of the Week! This time the stick is a genuine mystery…

It is listed in our accession register as being one of two ‘short sticks hooked at one end, [use unknown]’. We know that it is from the Andaman Islands and was collected by Major General Montague Protheroe, who was Officiating Superintendent of the Andaman Islands in the late 1800s. It was acquired by the Horniman as part of his bequest in 1908.

The stick is naturally hooked at one end, and is decorated with diagonal incised lines along its length. Any suggestions as to what it could be?

— 3 months ago with 17 notes

#stick of the week  #stick  #Andaman Islands  #1908  #19th century 
  1. mrpenumbra answered: backscratcher
  2. mrpenumbra reblogged this from in-the-horniman and added:
    This one has even Oliver stumped (no pun intended). Society Members, I know you love a good puzzle. Perhaps you can aid...
  3. revolutiontrainee answered: it’s for craps :-) congrats all of you on the Best of award xx
  4. gamergeekcircusfreak answered: Some kind of fishing gaff?
  5. pennmaster answered: OH OH it’s a hook tool made by a species of crow!
  6. sweeteliot answered: I think it’s an elephant goad (bullhook).
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  8. orevet answered: hooks for riding a sandworm
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  10. sangrui answered: hello
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  12. everenia answered: Maybe a tool for hand-tapped tattooing?
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