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  • Description

    Man's bag made of string.

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  • Curator's comments

    British Museum registration slip, 1895:
    New Guinea. British.
    Network bag made of finely netted string, it has a netted handle of the same string. On one side it is ornamented just under the top rim by a line of oblongs painted on the string, these being on a higher level than the rest. Lower down on the same side are painted or dyed transverse bands of red & blue, all interrupted by a vertical blank space in the centre.
    Ope River. N.E. Coast
    Man's Bag


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  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased [with the] Christy Fund 24th August 1895. [Whitten]

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1895C3.229 (old CDMS no.)

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