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Bag of vegetable fibre string with handle of string attached.
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Height: 51.90 centimetres
Width: 38 centimetres
Depth: 3.50 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. 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. If from Davis this is likely to have been collected by G A Robinson in southeast Australia.
No old labels are attached to this object.
In 1981, when registered in the Q series, this bag was attributed as coming from Tasmania, on the basis that the majority of the other Australian objects in the J B Davis collection had been collected by G.A Robinson, an active collector of Tasmanian Aboriginal material. Davis purchased this material from Rose Robinson, G A Robinson's widow, in 1865. However the Tasmanian attribution for this bag appears to be incorrect, as no net bags are known to have been made in Tasmania. If the bag was collected by G A Robinson, it is most likely to have come from Victoria, where Robinson was Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip Protectorate between 1839 and 1849.
- Not on display
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