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Skirt (part of) of bundles of emu feathers, coloured with red pigment at the base of the feathers near where they are tied to string at top.
- Production date
- early 19thc (before 1849)
Height: 32.10 centimetres
Width: 41 centimetres
Depth: 3.90 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, made 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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Possibly from Robinson's collection acquired by J. Barnard Davis through A.W. Franks in 1889. If from Robinson, collected c.1839-1849.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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