Corrie FULLARD, Shell necklace Enlarge 1 /1


Tasmanian Aboriginal people

Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia born 1931

Shell necklace 2002 Description: 223/02
Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, Maireener shells, black crow shells, cotton thread

Dimensions: circumference 164.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2003.19

The skill of shell collecting and shell stringing was handed down to the artist from her mother, following a tradition of Aboriginal people of the Furneaux Islands group, off the north east coast of Tasmania. This includes the main islands of Flinders and Cape Barren, the latter also being well known for the annual traditional Aboriginal practice of mutton birding.

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