Food container

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2198
Item name
Food container 
Category
Container
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Guadalcanal Province > Guadalcanal Island
Map
Collector
Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Acquisition date
December 08, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Raw material
wood; shell; glass; wire; plant fibre; paint
Dimensions
H: 585 mm W: 235 mm L: D: 210 mm Circum:

Description

Carved wood female figure standing with arms raised and holding a bowl on her head; entire carving is painted black. Figure's eyes are inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell and wears red plaited plant fibre waist belt and arm ornaments, circular shell earrings, green, yellow and plain glass bead necklace. In bowl on top is a label stating: 'Penfolds. Sydney.' Registration number 2198 marked with pen and tag.

Research notes

Attributed to Guadalcanal Island by Ben Burt.

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.

Pair with male figure 2199.

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. Captain Mercer-Smith worked on the Queensland labour trade vessels to oversee the recruitment of Islanders for work on the sugar plantations in Queensland and to prevent unlawful recruitment known as ‘blackbirding’ [Mercer-Smith source file].

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