Mesh bag made from finely looped natural bark fibre string.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bag
L. 280mm, W. 170mm
Natural fibre string
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 bag is made from very finely looped natural fibre string. Such bags were known as 'ghuba mimisi' on Santa Isabel and were used to carry precious items.