Adze

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
357
Item name
Adze 
Category
Chopping/Cutting
Currency/Trade
 
Indigenous name
kaiman 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Cape York region > Aurukun
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Aurukun Mission 
Raw material
iron wood, ochre, wallaby tooth, sinew, wax
Dimensions
H: 295 mm W: 80 mm L: D: 14 mm Circum:

Description

Carved wood adze with wallaby tooth secured with sinew and wax to the end of a carved piece of wood extending from the flat, wide body; body of the adze is painted with red ochre and yellow dots. Registration number 357 marked with pen and tag.

Research notes

Kaiman / Ceremonial iron wood resin bat with Apelach dotting; for working into timber weapons.

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014 and In the Red; on the vibrancy of things, UQ Anthropology Museum, June 2012 - January 2013.

The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.

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