Food container

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2199
Item name
Food container 
Category
Container
 
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; paint; wire
Dimensions
H: 710 mm W: 290 mm L: D: 235 mm Circum:

Description

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.

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 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].

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