Coconut shell bowls. Set of three half-coconuts, including glass piece used to prepare inside of bowl
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander container
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bowl wood
DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Ablutions soap dish
Bowl 1 - L124 x W123 x H70 mm
Bowl 2 - L128 x W121 x H54 mm
Bowl 3 - L95 x W94 x H57 mm
Glass - L53 x W40 x H17 mm
Coconut shell, glass
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita. She was at Fauabu from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
These bowls are made from coconuts that have had their insides scraped clean with glass.