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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pair of water bottles made of coconut, each with leaf stopper; originally joined by vegetable fibre cord.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1892)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 13 centimetres (a)
    • Height: 13 centimetres (a)
    • Diameter: 14 centimetres (b)
    • Height: 14 centimetres (b)
  • Curator's comments

    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...'.


  • Bibliography

    • National Museum of Australia 2015 p.213 bibliographic details
    • Sculthorpe et al. 2015 p.71, fig.55 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    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

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1978,Q.338 (one bottle also registered as)


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