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Skirt of bundles of emu feathers strung on cord of vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thc (before 1851)
Height: 41 centimetres
Width: 210 centimetres
Depth: 5 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.
This may be one of the four emu feather skirts collected by George Augustus Robinson and listed in the Robinson material acquired by J. Barnard Davis from Robinson's widow in 1867: '4 apron-bands, mde of emu feathers for women. See Lloyd's Tasm. & Vic. 467. Australian. Emu. "Barang-mal" 470' from MS 147, RAI.
Ian Coates (NMA): This object is similar to two feather skirts from Victoria which Rev A Strong presented to the British Museum in 1847 – Oc1847,0413.2 and Oc1847,0413.3.
Aboriginal women in Victoria sent an emu feather skirt, like this one, to the Princess of Wales upon her marriage in 1863.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
- Acquisition notes
- Possibly from Robinson's collection acquired by J. Barnard Davis from Rose Robinson, and later purchased by A.W. Franks from Davis's estate.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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