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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1933,0403.57

  • Description

    Basket, bicornial, made of cane.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 33 centimetres
    • Height: 30 centimetres
    • Diameter: 24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Register addition "Cairns district" Register addition "Malgrave".Rigid open baskets from the Queensland rainforest region are traditionally made by men. Their design and decoration varies according to how they were to be used. Men made smaller painted baskets to hold their belongings and ceremonial objects. Unpainted baskets were used to hold food, and men sometimes used them to carry babies.This object was one of a larger collection which the donor, Miss F M Walker, described as having been collected by her brother in north Queensland some ‘thirty years ago’. Without any direct information from Miss Walker’s brother, the registrar in 1933 recorded his opinion that the collection came from ‘?Malgrave, Cairns District’. It appears Malgrave was a misspelling of the locality Mulgrave, near Cairns.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.36 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
    2015 23 Apr-02 Aug, London, BM, Indigenous Australia REQUESTED
    2015-2016 Canberra, National Museum of Australia REQUESTED

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1933

  • Acquisition notes

    Register information: 'Collected by donor's brother 30 years ago.'

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1933,0403.57

Dilly bag made of cane.

Dilly bag made of cane.

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