The British Museum A. C. Haddon Collection contains eight mounted string figures collected by Alfred Cort Haddon during his 1888 expedition to the Torres Strait. These are the earliest string figure artefacts known. This paper summarises the available documentation and provides a comparative study of each figure. A construction method for each figure is also provided: methods are taken or adapted from identical or similar figures where these exist, but where no such figure is available an efficient construction has been devised.
For the full paper, see:
Probert, M. 2004. 'The Torres Strait String Figures in the British Museum A. C. Haddon Collection'. Journal of Museum Ethnography No. 16, pp. 140-156.
A copy of the Journal of Museum Ethnography No. 16 may be obtained through your local library. Enquiries about the string figures should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the British Museum, Centre for Anthropology, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.
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