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

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
3166
Item name
Food container 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
yandi 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley region > Kimberley District
Map
Collector
Mr Arthur C. V. Bligh 
Acquisition date
October 01, 1948 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Arthur C. V. Bligh 
Raw material
ironwood
Dimensions
H: 110 mm W: 550 mm L: D: 275 mm Circum:

Description

Carved ironwood dish, fluted on inner surface. Bears writing on outer surface: ASQ Bligh YANDYING DISH North Kimberley A.W.S.

Research notes

Yandying or winnowing dish, made early 20th century.

Cut from a large lump, or a bend in a tree limb, it is then hollowed out by burning and scraping. When it is shaped and worked down to a thin shell, it is carved, with patterns and smoothed on the outside, probably it is the most useful implement the natives have, as it is used for cleaning all seed, it is the major method of carrying and gathering all small forms of foods. It is the cradle for very young babies, and for young puppies; when moving it acts as a water gourd, over dry stages. But the major use is for cleaning seed [extract from Bligh notes].

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014.

Illustrated on back cover of Occasional Papers in Anthropology No 9, 1979. Items 3001 to 3324 were the Anthropological Society of Queensland Collection which was donated at the foundation of the Anthropology Museum in 1949.

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