Spinner Toy Wood Hand-carved Pull String Statuettes Tribal West Timor


Spinner Toy Wood Hand-carved Pull String Statuettes Tribal West Timor


C981 – Pull apart Spinner string disk toy.

A favourite toy played with by adults and children alike from the dirt tracks in the kampong to the modern homes of the city in Timor. These tension pull spinner are a fine art of tension, balance and centrifugal force which are the primary objectives here. It is fun to get the tensions just right when pulling the hand grips apart to generate the disk spinning then slacking off just the right amount to allow the next tensioned pull apart.

The carver has created the hand grips from hand carved statuette figures which are depicted standing and suspended the flower shaped spinning disk between them.

Hand-carved from the central highlands of West Timor from red cedarwood that will continue to deepen colour with oiling to a beautiful aged burgundy look.

15cm x 6″ long.

105g / 3.7oz.

If you wish to gather multiple treasures this website and shop cart should allow for it. If not, I will contact you to find the most economical way to send your treasures to you.

International clients are welcome. Aus Post has returned the international 250gr small parcel. This is great news. YAY! A true shame that they have not done so for domestic.

I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades.

Clearly none of us are sure what will happen post COVID, but I do know that the villagers, carvers and weavers up in the mountains will be grateful when some outside dollars comes into their informal/circular economy. Therefore, every purchase you choose to make with me will benefit the Atoni [people of West Timor] as soon as I can get back there.

NOTE: We use recycled packaging.

I distribute reading glasses and nutritious food seeds as the soil in the western half of Timor is very poor and water a precious resource. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.

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Weight 0.1 kg


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