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Bag of vegetable fibre string with handle of string attached.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1851)
Height: 39 centimetres
Width: 47.50 centimetres
Depth: 4.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Found un-numbered in the Ethnographic Department's collections in 1981. It was identified as being from the J.Barnard Davis collection, and earlier from G.A.Robinson's collection. A W Franks presented material from Davis' collection to the British Museum at various times during the 1880s and 1890s. He had acquired it from the sale of Davis' estate in January 1883.
In her analysis of G A Robinson's ethnographic collections, Gaye Sculthorpe identified this bag as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
See Gaye Sculthorpe, 1990 'The ethnographic collections of George Augustus Robinson', Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria (Anthropology & History), Volume 1, number 1, pp.36-37, plate 2.
Two old handwritten labels attached to bag:
1. "JB Davis Coll."
2. "Tasmanian. GAR" [probably in Davis' handwriting].
Attributed to Tasmania at registration on the basis of the association with G.A Robinson. However, no net bags are known to have been made in Tasmania.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Franks presented a number of Australian Aboriginal objects to the Museum which he had acquired at the sale of J B Davis' estate in early 1883. This bag is likely to be one of these.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number