This Macassan type pipe has a metal bowl made from the shell casing of a bullet.

Physical Description

A long cylindrical pipe made from a single piece of wood with holes at either ends. A metal bowl shaped section of metal (or bullet casing) is inserted into a small round hole made into the surface at the distal end. The surface is incised with geometric patterning and painted with natural pigments

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The significance of this pipe is that it belonged to the Yolngu leader Mundukul, also known as Kandarang. He was the leader of the Madarrpa clan in the 1930s. While he is much less known outside of Arnhem Land than the legendary Djapu clan leader Wonggu Mununggurr, Mundukul was of equal standing.

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