Lotuko rattles

Lotuko rattles

Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan] Eastern Equatoria Loronyo
Cultural Group:
Lotuko [Otuho]
Date Made:
By 1933
Plant Fruit Husk , Metal
L = 172 Mm, Diam of seed: 32 mm, OL of CHAIN BETWEEN SEEDS = 172 mm
Local Name:
Other Owners:
Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife on 17th April 1933 during a shooting expedition
Field Collector:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton & Hannah Powell-Cotton (nee Brayton)
PRM Source:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton
Donated 1934
Collected Date:
17th April 1933
A pair of spherical fruit shells containing loose pellets and joined together by a chain. Inside the pod one link of the chain at each end is fastened over a short piece of stick which has been wedged into the pod. These are used as rattles.

Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife Hannah at Loronyo on 17th April 1933, during a shooting expedition. The Lotuko name for this type of object is asiligili.

Rachael Sparks 25/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [p. 248] 1934 [insert] 8 [end insert] - MAJOR P. H. G. POWELL-COTTON , Quex Park, Birchington, E. Kent. Specimens collected by himself & Mrs Cotton, during hunting trips, 1933, viz: [...] [p. 252] - From the LATUKA tribe, NAVERA, TORIT, LARONYO. [p. 256, insert] 81 [end insert] - Asiligili , pair of spherical fruit-shells containing loose pellets & joined by a chain, used as rattles. LARONYO (682).
Additional Accession Book Entry [p. 255] - 1937.8.87. Number given HLR.

Card Catalogue Entry - There is no further information on the tribes catalogue card [RTS 28/5/2004].

Related Documents File - Typewritten List of "Curios Presented to Dr. Balfour by Major & Mrs. Powell-Cotton. Latuka Tribe". This object appears as item 682: "Nut rattle with iron chain, native name Asiligili , 17/4/33 Laronyo, 4.38 N 32.37 E”. Also contains details of a cine film 'some tribes of the Southern Sudan', taken by Powell-Cotton during this 1933 expedition, copies of which are now in the National Film and Television Archive and the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent [RTS 14/3/2005].

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