Paperbark water carrier


Humanities Info Card | Updated 6 years ago

Registration Number: A26905

Location: Elcho Island, N.T. Australia

Collection Date: 1960

Description: A thick section of paperbark folded to form a basket capable of carrying water. It also features very fine woven twine joining two ends of the handle in the middle.

Curator Story


The only example of a paperbark basket in Junes collection. Paperbark was used across Australia by Aboriginal peoples to craft a variety of objects suiting everyday life. The bark is malleable, soft and easy to work, but once dry it is also robust and makes an ideal water container.