- Museum number
Bag made of vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1879)
Height: 59 centimetres
Width: 33.80 centimetres
Depth: 4.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
"The largest bag of the stiffer grass is a 'dilly bag' & the native name of the plant is 'boombi'. The plant grows on the ridges round here & is not uncommon." From a letter sent to Prof A Liversidge by Mary Bundock, written at the Wyangarie Station in the Richmond River District, dated 8 October 1879. Contained in Eth Doc 921.
Looped and knotted bags were made on the east coast of Australia from the Richmond River area north to Moreton Bay. Basket-makers worked with the colour of the rushes – deeper near the stem – to great effect. These baskets are no longer produced, and there is only one known photograph of people with this type of bag.
British Museum Register, 1928, Observations column: 'Made by the last woman of the TARAMPA tribe, QUEENSLAND. See letter of Oct. 8. 1879 (and label I. England. Feby. 1873")'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972-1982 23 Jun-28 Feb, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, The Aborigines of Australia
2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number