- Registration number
- Item name
- Carved animal
- Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Acquisition date
- December 08, 1951
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith
- Raw material
- wood; feather; shell; putty nut (parinarium);pigment, natural
- H: 240 mm W: 54 mm L: D: 120 mm Circum:
Wood carving of a bird; blackened; oval body tapering at the neck; head tapers to a long narrow beak. Wings carved flat on the body in low relief; eyes and wings are inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell; feathers attached at the tail. Registration number 2172 marked with pen and tag.
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.
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 [Mercer-Smith source file].