- Registration number
- Item name
- Food container
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Western Australia > Kimberley region > Kimberley District
- Mr Arthur C. V. Bligh
- Acquisition date
- October 01, 1948
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr Arthur C. V. Bligh
- Raw material
- H: 110 mm W: 550 mm L: D: 275 mm Circum:
Carved ironwood dish, fluted on inner surface. Bears writing on outer surface: ASQ Bligh YANDYING DISH North Kimberley A.W.S.
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.