This head decoration was amongst a collection of over 250 objects purchased by the museum from Charles Richards in 1902. Little detail is known about Richards but he lived in Bendigo at the time of the sale, and appears to have had a great interest not just in collecting Aboriginal artefacts. In 1892 he drew a series of maps showing "tribal" boundaries in parts of Australia and may indicate where he travelled and collected artefacts. This region included the area of Coopers Creek and the inland lakes system of northeastern South Australia where this object originates from.

Physical Description

A head decoration of emu feathers joined at the base with resin.

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