Circa 1980-1990 Country
Solomon Islands See full details
Bag: woven plant fibre with pointed base. Design in black diagonal strips woven through bag. Bag contains strands of loose dried plant fibre. Handle in eight plaited strands tied in knot at the top.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
L215 x W215 x H395 mm
History and use
This woven bag 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 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.