Bag- woven plant fibre. Dyed green fibre strands woven in cross design. Fringe at top consisting of 36 short plaited strands. Thin handle of four plaited trands tied at the top
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
L300 x W190 x H17 mm
Weaving from \ Rennell & Bellona \ Polynesian People
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.
The donor acquired this bag in Rennell and Bellona Province, which is a Polynesian outlier of Solomon Islands.