Pubic cover

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
499
Item name
Pubic cover 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Darwin-Daly region > Port Keats
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Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1948 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Dr Spalding  
Raw material
pearlshell (Pinctada margaritifera)
Dimensions
H: 144 mm W: 97 mm L: D: 9 mm Circum:

Description

Carved oval pearlshell with green string and tag looped through a hole pierced at the top; the inner nacreous surface is incised with triangle and zigzag patterns, the outer surface has a rough texture and is light brown. Registration number 499 marked with pen and tag.

Research notes

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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