Pair of water bottles made of coconut, each with leaf stopper; originally joined by vegetable fibre cord.
- 19thC (before 1892)
- Found/Acquired: Mer
- (Oceania,Australia,Queensland,Torres Strait Islands,Murray Islands,Mer)
- Diameter: 13 centimetres (a)
- Height: 13 centimetres (a)
- Diameter: 14 centimetres (b)
- Height: 14 centimetres (b)
These may be the water bottles Roberts refers to in hs newspaper account 'Going North', The Argus, 19/11/1892: 'Early next day, along the pathway, which runs a little in, following the line of the shore, behind the row of natives' houses and through an avenue of cocoanut palms, Paw Paw trees, chili bushes - past the well, where some little girl has left her two cocoanut water-bottles - there is now a long procession of the inhabitants...'.
Not on display
Exhibited: 2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories 2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Oc1978,Q.338 (one bottle also registered as)
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Object reference number: EOC15458
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