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water-carrier / bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1870)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 29 centimetres
    • Height: 26 centimetres
    • Length: 42 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.Original registration slip:
    New South Wales
    Large bowl or bucket cut out of a root or excrescence of some tree. Light-brown coloured wood.

    N.S.W. 20
    See Trans. Ethnol.. Soc.
    Vol. 1 (for 1861) p.291
    Vol 3 ( - 1865) p.266


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc186?C1.3869 (old CDMS no.)
Bowl (?), bucket (?), made of wood (root ?).

Bowl (?), bucket (?), made of wood (root ?).

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