This bag was carried by a woman who was pregnant with her first child. Paddy Cahill, who collected the bag, was told that it contained gifts for the child.

Physical Description

A netted bag made with vegetable fibre string. A multistrand handle of vegetable fibre string is attached either side of the opening. The bag contains a number of items including a string of 492 glass beads.

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This bag and its contents were shown to Kunwinjku artists from Gunbalanya when they visited the collections at Melbourne Museum in 2004. The group believed the bag belonged to a woman who had passed away, and explained that it would normally have been placed with her when she was laid to rest. In this instance, the artists believed a family member has sold it to Paddy Cahill at Oenpelli.

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