Knife

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
358
Item name
Knife 
Category
Chopping/Cutting
 
Indigenous name
danaka 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
Lardil 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Gulf region > Mornington Island
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Mornington Island Mission 
Raw material
baler shell (Melo amphora)
Dimensions
H: 40 mm W: 90 mm L: 170 mm D: Circum:

Description

Knife made from part of a baler shell; serrated edge; on concave surface bears writing: Bailer Shell Broken by Teeth Mornington Island Bush knife. Registration number 358 marked with pen.

Research notes

The serrated edge of the knife is maintained by lining the edge with protective paperbark and biting tiny fragments off the edge of the shell.

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

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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