- Museum number
Female dugong charm figure (dangal) made of grey stone with a plaited coconut fibre (coir) cord for suspension and a red ochre strip along the backbone.
- Production date
- 19thc (before 1889)
Length: 22 centimetres
Thickness: 11.50 centimetres
Width: 9 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Moore, 1984:
Used to bring good luck in dugong-hunting.
Refs: Haddon, A.C., (ed.), 1901-35, 'Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits', Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1904, Vol 5: Sociology, magic and religion of the Western Islanders: 337-9.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 1 Jan-31 Oct 1987, Museum of Mankind, Lost Magic Kingdoms and Six Paper Moons from Nahuatl: An exhibition created by Eduardo Paolozzi
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 date
- Acquisition notes
- Moore, 1984: Collected 1888.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1889C16.184 (old CDMS no.)