- Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Acquisition date
- December 08, 1951
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Raw material
- Wood, coconut, bamboo; pigments, natural (charcoal, euphorbia sap)
- H: 360 mm W: 50 mm L: D: 50 mm Circum:
Bamboo lime container 2096 is cylindrical in shape, the top end ending in a dome with a stick protruding out of the dome. The length of the container, excluding the dome, is 28cm. The total length is approx 35cm. The base diameter is 5cm. The diameter at the bottom is a little larger than the rest of the container, allowing for a base on which the cylinder stands. The surface of the cylinder has been decorated with a repeating pattern consisting of three motifs: concentric circles, the kalikali centipede, and a third motif which looks like a rounded comb with two teeth. Running around the top of the design is a band of concentric circles, followed by five columns of ‘boxes’. Each column consists of ten boxes. Each box has a differing number of kalikali rows. Another three columns follow. The first of these columns is a long column consisting of the comb and teeth design, and another two columns of six long rectangles each. There is one row of kalikali motifs in each. Lastly, there is another band completing the design under the columns. This has a mixture of the concentric circles and comb and teeth motifs [Greta Nicholls 1999].
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.
Collected by the donor's father Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith in the years 1893-1900. Captain Mercer-Smith worked on the Queensland labour trade vessels to oversee the recruitment of Islanders for work on the sugar plantations in Queensland [Mercer-Smith source file].