1899.72.27

Bird-scarer jingle. [DCF Court Team 6/2/2003]

Place details: SE ASIA BORNEO. North Borneo. Cultural Group: South-eastern Asia, Kadazan-Dusun: Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Iron Metal / Brass Metal / Tin Metal / Animal Bone / ?. Processes: Perforated / ?. Dimensions: Max L [approx] = 240 mm Field Collector: Edward Bartlett When Collected: By 1899 Other Owners: Edward Bartlett PRM Source: Edward Bartlett Acquired: Purchased 1899

KEYWORD: Musical Instrument / Rattle / CLASS: Music / Agriculture and Horticulture / ?.MUSIC CLASS: 1. MUSIC NAME: Jingle.

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "People aren't the only creatures that need to eat. Bird scarers are used to discourage birds from eating recently planted crop seeds. Some are visual, as with a scarecrows, and others employ sound. This jingle is from late-nineteenth-century Sabah in northern Borneo and would have been shaken to make an off-putting noise. It is made from a mix of recycled metal plates and animal bone. Clappers and other similar technologies were used in the UK in the nineteenth century." [FB 5/1/2021]