- Registration number
- Item name
- Food container
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Guadalcanal Province > Guadalcanal Island
- Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Acquisition date
- December 08, 1951
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Raw material
- wood; shell; paint; wire
- H: 710 mm W: 290 mm L: D: 235 mm Circum:
Carved wood male figure standing with arms raised and holding a bowl on his head; entire carving is painted black. Figure's eyes are inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell and wears 3 shell rings on each ear. Narrow section of wood carved behind figure to support bowl. In bowl on top is a label stating: 'Penfolds. Sydney.' Registration number 2199 marked with pen and tag.
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 female figure 2198.
Part of a large group of ethnographic 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].