Bowl

Production date
Circa 1880s
Country
Papua New Guinea
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Description
Wooden bird shaped bowl inlaid with nautilus shell
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Measurements
W422 x D194 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
History and use
This wooden bowl was collected from an unknown location by the crew of a Farrell & Co steamship in the Admiralty Islands in 1887, and was acquired by the Queensland Museum later that year. The bowl features a bird shaped design, significant because birds play an important role in clan identity and stories in much of this island region.

Farrell & Co, a major trading company in the region at that time was headed by Australian, Thomas Farrell. Farrell was also a one time de facto partner of still well-known, successful plantation owner, Samoan-American Emma Coe, who became known as ‘Queen Emma of New Guinea’. Some sources indicate that Farrell was also involved in blackbirding practices around this time.
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Registration number
E5484

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