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
  • plant fiber, parrot feathers, possum fur, pigment, gum resin?, weaving
  • Object Length/Diameter: approximately 52 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: approximately 20 1/2 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2858

The cylindrical woven bag is made of light colored plant fiber. There is a band of short parallel vertical lines at the opening and three sets of two parallel lines, all in dark brown. The bag has two vertical rows of fringe on one side in possum fur and twisted plant fiber with orange and white feathers on one side. There are two vertical rows of diamond outlines along the fringe and a band of orange and white feathers near the top. There are five tassels of possum fur, twisted into cords and wound together with bands of orange and white feathers at the top, middle and near the bottom. Black holds these together at strategic places. Each of the ends have a tuft of white feather. There is a multi-strand strap of twisted plant fiber.