Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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woven bag
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • woven bag, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Australia
  • parrot feathers, plant fiber, possum fur?, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 34 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 13 3/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2857

The cylindrical bag of woven plant fiber has a single incomplete band of short orange and white feathers near the opening. There are two rows of four diamonds stitched below the feathers on one side. The diamond outline woven below the band of feathers is probably possum fur. Though the bag is woven of light colored fibers there are dark spots. It has a multi-strand strap of twisted plant fiber.