Carved animal

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2164
Item name
Carved animal 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands
Map
Collector
Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Acquisition date
December 08, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Raw material
wood; pigment
Dimensions
H: 59 mm W: 55 mm L: D: 240 mm Circum:

Description

Wood carving of dugong or bird?; rectangular flat tail; pattern consisting of triangles, diamonds and parallel lines drawn on wood with black pigment. Registration number 2164 marked with pen and tag.

Research notes

See dance paddle 753 and food container 2166 with similar geometric designs.

Part of a large group of objects donated to the University’s Anthropology Museum by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith. The objects were collected by his father Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith in the years 1893-1900 while he was employed as a Queensland government agent in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu [Mercer-Smith source file].

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