I obtained this figure in August, 1904, from Dr. Haddon, who learned it from a native of Lifu, Loyalty Islands, who happened to be residing in Mabuiag in Torres Straits. (See Rivers and Haddon, p. 149, Fig. 2.) In Lifu it is known as Tim, = a Well. It is precisely similar to the Torres Straits figure which in Murray Island, is called Ti Meta, = the Nest of the Ti bird, and in Mabuiag, Gul = a Canoe.
String Figure Notation (SFN)
OA:F ma-tw-gr nLS pu LN
MRL gr-ht fFS
M mu-gr-ht nTS:re T
T ma-th MN pu bnFDS:re M
spread FN, ex T out
The well is said to be "full of water" when the inverted pyramid of the figure is made high, and to be "dry" when the base and apex of the pyramid are brought to the same level, by letting the lower strings, held down by the fingers, come up to the same plane as the other strings.
The Second movement is a new one; its purpose is to put the little finger loop on the index, above the original index loop, and turn it over in the transfer. The original index loop gets, of course, a twist in the process. The Fifth movement is the only practicable method of drawing the index string through the thumb loop from above.