armlet (arm ornament)

One of a pair of upper-arm bracelets (Bedamuni: éfé nabu). One of a pair of upper-arm bracelets (nabu). The nabu are made from pieces of liana and worn only by men, and were used in the past for making fire. The liana (éfé) is unrolled and pulled to and fro underneath a set of seede (Calophyllum sp) sticks (1982.58i and 1982.58ii). Friction causes dry grass near the sticks to catch fire and within a few minutes a fire may be burning.

This example was made by Kabase.

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