DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Muriel MAYNARD | Shell necklace

Australia 1930
Shell necklace
rye, toothy shells 2002
Decorative Art
rye shells, toothy shells, thread
circumference 193.0 (h) cm
Purchased 2002
NGA 2002.334

 ‘To get the maireeners we wait for a spring tide and we have to walk into the water up to our waist or knees and pull the maireener shells off (the seaweed). It’s the same as the little rice [rye] shells, they live in the dry seaweed. We fill our buckets up with seaweed then we go and wash the seaweed out and these shells fall in the bottom of the bucket. The toothies we have to pick up one at a time too. So it takes a long time to make one of these necklaces.’

(Muriel Maynard, 2002, from Australian Museums and Galleries Online website ‘Aboriginal shell necklaces’ feature)

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