Bag

Production date
Circa 1990s
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Woven plant fibre bag. Many plaited tassels with fibre fringe. Seed pods and bone pieces attached
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
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Production place
Measurements
L255 x W185 x H60
Media/Materials description
Plant fibres, seed pods, bone
Signature/Marks
? San Christobal \ or Reef Islands. V.v. fine weaving. \ Gift 1990s. Women's bag \ for special \ occasions. \ For mixed items. \ Over shoulder bag
History and use
This woven bag 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 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.

According to the donor such bags were made on San Christobal, Makira and were often given as gifts to the Mothers' Union.
Registration number
E40702

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