Bobbin

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
7550
Item name
Bobbin 
Category
Weaving
 
Indigenous name
yekini 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi
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Collector
Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1955 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Raw material
wood; string; ochre
Dimensions
H: W: 25 mm L: 245 mm D: Circum:

Description

Carved wood bobbin; two prongs at each end; string wound around the middle section; middle section painted with red ochre. Registration number 7550 marked with pen and tag.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'Women with Clever Hands past and present' curated by Louise Hamby August 2013. Exhibition label: This was used to hold the string to wrap armbands like 7674.

Notes by E A Wells: 'One armlet making threader to which are attached several bands.'

Catalogue notes: "Ceremonial object -- armlet-making threader. These armlets are 2.5 inches in diameter and according to the previous notes are sacred armbands. They consist of string wound around a very small core [Old catalogue card]. Attached to ten armlets -- see 7551. Label attached has on it 'jeli galdair' and states that it came from Cape Stewart".

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