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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1908,0620.11

  • Description

    Bag (pilli wondura) made of string (flax), human hair. Looped netbag.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 centimetres
    • Width: 47 centimetres
    • Depth: 1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Diyari men from central Australia, near Lake Eyre, have traditionally made a great variety of different netbags. They used some to carry personal belongings, such as stones, string and ochre. Some were used to carry food, including fat, meat and fish. Others were worn partly as a decoration and partly as special insignia belonging to a clan group.A label in HJ Hillier's hand attached to the bag reads 'pilli wondura'; also see related collection listing in Ethdoc 903.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.69 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1908

  • Acquisition notes

    This is one of 75 Aboriginal objects from Killapaninna and Hermannsburg in Central Australia which the British Museum bought from Mrs Sarah Hillier in 1908. The material was acquired by HJ Hillier, Sarah Hillier’s son, who worked as an English and art teacher at two South Lutheran Mission stations in South Australia, firstly at Killalpaninna (1893-1905) and then at Hermannsburg (1906-1910). The British Museum also purchased collections of similar material from Hillier in 1910 and 1911.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1908,0620.11

Bag made of string (flax), human hair.

Bag made of string (flax), human hair.

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