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water-carrier / bowl
Water carrier made from the gnarl or knot of a Eucalyptus (Gum) tree. A twined fibre rope made from stringybark bark or another fibre was used for carrying.
- Found/Acquired: New South Wales
- (Oceania,Australia,New South Wales)
- Diameter: 29 centimetres
- Height: 26 centimetres
- Length: 42 centimetres
A wide coastal band of south-east Australia is covered in mixed temperate forest. It has a warm rainy climate but creeks and waterholes are not spread evenly across the region. Aboriginal people hollowed out large, heavy wooden tubs using fire and stone tools. These water containers were left at regular camping grounds to be used when groups stayed there.
2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Oc186?C1.3869 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: EOC2554
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