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Emu egg with carved decoration depicting a large tree and, a farmer and his two dogs in an altercation with a kangaroo c.1903 Place made: New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, emu egg shell

Dimensions: circumference 12.0 h x 30.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1996
Accession No: NGA 96.609
Subject: Australia, Animal: Kangaroo

Emu egg with carved decoration depicting a large tree and a farmer and two dogs in an altercation with a kangaroo

‘This egg was bought from Aboriginal people by a gentleman travelling around the countryside of western New South Wales on his bicycle. Originally one of a pair, it came to the Gallery from the granddaughter of the original owner. The egg depicts, in the round, an altercation between a farmer and a kangaroo with a marvellous abstract wild tree as background.’

(Jim Logan, Everyday Art: Australian Folk Art, 1998, p. 16)


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra