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The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.

Meshing Needles

Meshing Needles.

Fig. 41.

Fig. 41.

The meshing-needle, "afa," is carved from mangrove (Rhizophora) wood; in length it is sixteen or eighteen inches, in breadth about an inch across the eye and three-eighths across the shaft. The eye is about an eighth of the total length, the proximal end of it is cut either square or pointed, and the distal end simply split. The Funafuti pattern (fig. 41) is hardly to be distinguished from one used by English fishermen. The Australian Museum possesses examples of this implement exactly like the above, received from Greenwich and Sikaiana Islands.

Further modifications are given by Edge-Partington Fig. 41. from various Pacific Islands. One such shuttle, ready loaded, depends from a group of Papuan implements figured by Lindt from China Straits.

Edge-Partington—loc. cit., i., pl. xxxii., figs. 15, 16, from Tahiti; pl. cxiii., fig. 22, and pl. cxix., fig. 14, from Fiji, pl. clxxvi.; ii., pl. cxciii., fig. 6, from New Guinea.

Lindt—Picturesque New Guinea, 1897, pl. xliv.