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

Physical Description

A cylindrical piece of wood hollow in the centre and painted with natural pigments and incised with geometric patterning. A section of metal, possibly a bullet casing, is inserted into one end to form the bowl.

Local Name



The significance of this pipe is that it belonged to the Yolngu leader, Mundukul, who was also known as Kandarang. Mundukul was the senior ceremonial leader of the Madarrpa clan in the 1930s. While he is relatively unknown outside of Arnhem Land in contrast to the legendary Djapu clan leader, Wonggu Mununggurr, Mundukul was of equal standing.

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