- Museum number
Drawing; portrait of Tamari [?], a 28 year old man from Mori, Torres Strait Islands, wearing a dance costume consisting of a plant fibre skirt and a human face mask, and holding a club. 1892
Watercolour and graphite
- Production date
Height: 27.30 centimetres (drawing)
Height: 30.40 centimetres (mount)
Width: 17.70 centimetres (drawing)
Width: 57.90 centimetres (mount)
- Curator's comments
- Related images: Oc2006-Drg-404 through to Oc2006-Drg-407.
This drawing is mounted alongside: Oc2006-Drg-405,
Oc2006-Drg-406, and Oc2006-Drg-407.
Research by Ian Coates of the National Museum of Australia in 2014 with Mr Tamat Rattler in the Torres Strait suggests that the head dress depicted is the ship, HMS Rattlesnake. Mr Rattler traces his family back to Tom Muri or Tom Somerset who is likely 'Tamari'. (Ref: Email Ian Coates 10 March 2014).
Tom Roberts in his newspaper account 'Going North', The Argus, 19/11/1892 refers to meeting 'three old mean who were young when the Rattlesnake was in these waters'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Tear and crease marks.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number