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Pukamani mortuary pole

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A solid carved pole, decorated on all surfaces with geometric abstract designs in natural earth ochres with two parallel protrusions at the top. The main colours used are white, yellow and red brown. There are two sections with five carved out rectangular holes, in red-brown, yellow and white. The other three sections, from bottom to top, feature striped lines and dots in white and yellow, overlapping horizontal and vertical bands surrounding cross hatching in yellow, white and red-brown with a black band in the centre and bottom end with white dots, alternating striped, crosshatch, diamond and dot patterns in white, yellow and red brown with a black band in the centre and at bottom with white dots. The protrusions are pigmented white. At the bottom it reads 'AAB/77/1623 / F50'.

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