Animal

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25100
Item name
Animal 
Category
Raw Material
 
Indigenous name
terpar 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Torres Strait Islands > Mer Island
Map
Collector
Mrs Margaret Lawrie 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1971 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Margaret Lawrie 
Raw material
clam shell (Tridacna maxima)
Dimensions
H: 100 mm W: 355 mm L: D: 200 mm Circum:

Description

Clam shell

Research notes

The shell was labelled by Margaret Lawrie as a “terpar”; it was associated with the cult figure Malo. Margaret Lawrie spent many years travelling to the Torres Strait collecting stories, language, art and family history; this shell was collected in 1971.

For more information see Lawrie, M 1970, Myths and Legends of Torres Strait, Margaret Lawrie, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane.

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

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