This sponge was coloured with red ochre by small boys in imitation of a ceremonial object. It was made in response to ceremonies seen by women in children as a prelude to closed men's ceremonies. The children found the sponge washed up on the beach and performed their own bunggul or ceremony before it was collected by Donald Thomson who noted it was a "make-believe ceremonial object".

Physical Description

A marine sponge coated in red ochre.


This is a very rare object being an imitation of a ceremonial object made by children.

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