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Blanket made of fig tree bark and decorated with geometric designs in yellow ochre.
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Height: 2 centimetres
Width: 48.50 centimetres
Depth: 114.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Original registration slip refers to this as a 'poota' from Cairns district.
See handwritten notes by C. Handley on the back of photograph Oc B80, 21. Re one of the people in photograph with 'tribal marks': 'There is reason to think that he stood high in his tribe & class because having since died his tribe made a mummy of the corpse. This boy who styled [?] himself as belonging to me made the blankets or poota that I am sending'.
Identification of fibre, Ficus pleurocarpa, made by BM scientist C. Cartwright 2014.
A rare blanket made from the bark of the fig tree, common in the rainforest of north Queensland. Such blankets were used for warmth and sometimes in mortuary practices.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972-1982 23 Jun-28 Feb, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, The Aborigines of Australia
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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