DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
Eva RICHARDSON | Kelp water carrier

Australia 1937 /1941
Kelp water carrier
Water carrying container made of bull kelp, drawn at edges by tea tree sticks, with bush string handles 2002
bull kelp, tea-tree sticks, bush string
11.6 (h) x 19.8 (w) x 9.8 (d) cm
Purchased 2003
NGA 2003.14

The making of bull kelp containers or water carriers is a tradition of the Aboriginal people of the Furneaux Islands group off the north east coast of Tasmania (including the main islands of Flinders and Cape Barren) and the west coast of mainland Tasmania.

Richardson is one of a small group of elder artists in Tasmania today maintaining Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural traditions through visual arts practice.

The container is fashioned by gathering strips of the fronds into a bulbous cup shape to hold water. The container is shaped with skewers made of tea tree. A carrying handle made of grass spun into bush string completes the form.

(Developing the Collection: Acquisitions 1997–1999, National Gallery of Australia, 1999)

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