Bilum

Production date
1990s
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Bag woven from coloured wool twine. Design in black, brown, purple and yellow. Fringe on one side.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female bag
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Measurements
L560 x W380 x H30 mm
Length excluding handle: 295 mm
Media/Materials description
Wool twine
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 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.

This woven bilum from Papua New Guinea was acquired by the donor while she was based in the Torres Strait Islands.
Registration number
E40716

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