Neck ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
7562
Item name
Neck ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
nanarr 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi
Map
Collector
Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1955 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Raw material
grass stem; string
Dimensions
H: 780 mm W: 60 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Necklace made from eight strands of light coloured grass stem pieces threaded onto string; string extends at each end. Registration number 7562 marked with tag.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibitions 'Women with Clever Hands past and present' curated by Louise Hamby August 2013. Exhibition label: Wells said ‘Very unusual find’ 58 years ago for this classic choker.

Notes by E A Wells: 'Small string necklace of threaded grass. Very unusual find and absolutely among the first of woman's decoration.' Winterbotham's catalogue card: 'This is a plain necklace made of eight short strings of grass threaded on string and each 9 inches long and tied together at one end. At each end is the same collection of string extended for about 12 inches.

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