- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Mungidi
- Reverend Arthur Ellemor
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1950
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Reverend Arthur Ellemor
- Raw material
- Feather, red-collared lorikeet (Trichoglossus mollucanus); Kurrajong string (Brachychiton paradoxum), human hair, bees wax
- H: 230 mm W: 140 mm L: D: Circum:
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.
In the Red exhibition label: Shown with permission from Milingimbi. In Arnhem Land, decorative string body wear is an important adornment for ceremony. This item is made from a single continuous length of string with feathers spun into it. The red feather tassels attached with beeswax hang down. These tassels, which evoke and transmit Ancestral power, might have been attached originally to a sacred object made for ceremony or attached to men’s sacred baskets.
Identified as a belt worn by a young man for initiation (dhapi), associated with Dhuwa moiety (Gamalangga, Marrangu or Djambarrpuyngu clans). The recorded place name "Mungidi" is on the mainland near Ramingining and relates to Milk Milk people ("mosquito clan") [Joe Gumbula and George Gaykamangu with Lindy Allen, October 2012].