Kwajar Lardil people
Mornington Island, Australia
Human hair, Emu feathers, Bark, Kaolin and Ochre
8.5″ dia x 14″ h
Mid. 20th C.
This conical hat is one of the few items of material culture collected from Mornington Island, which is located in Queensland, Northern Australia in the Gulf of Carpenteria. The conical shape is distinctive to the peoples on the leeward or North and West sides of the island. Usually ornamented with a linear design from the peak to the brim, this example is distinctive with its curvilinear pattern.