- Museum number
Bag of plant fibre string with string handle.
- Production date
- 1839-1849 (circa)
Height: 55 centimetres
Width: 50.50 centimetres
Depth: 6 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.
An old handwritten label attached to bag:
"JB Davis Coll."
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 JB 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
- Acquisition notes
- During the 1880s and 1890s AW 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
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