- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > Gulf region > Mornington Island
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1950
- Acquisition method
- Foundation Donation from Mornington Island Mission
- Raw material
- baler shell (Melo amphora)
- H: 40 mm W: 90 mm L: 170 mm D: Circum:
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.
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.