By Barry Craig This mystery object has been donated to the South Australian Museum. The donor obtained it at a bric-a-brac shop so knew nothing about its provenance. It is 41 cm long, the handle is a heavy hardwood 5 cm diameter, the diorite stone is socketed into the handle and is not an axe […]
About Barry Craig
After attaining a degree in Anthropology and a Diploma of Education in the early 1960s, Barry spent three years teaching at Telefomin in the middle of New Guinea. He carried out research on the material culture of the region in his spare time. Barry continued this research in the central New Guinea–upper Sepik region (1967–1969) while earning his keep as an economics Research Assistant at Macquarie University. He attended post-graduate courses in art history at New York University, Columbia University and Yale (1969–1971). During 1972–1973, Barry did fieldwork in the upper Sepik region. He taught courses in the art of Africa, Oceania and Pre-Columbian America at the University of Southern California (1975–1976). Barry returned to Australia (1977) to Adelaide and worked in market research/management consulting until taking the position of Curator of Anthropology at the PNG National Museum (1980). He returned to Adelaide in 1984 and worked in Community Health Research until obtaining a position in 1988 with the Aboriginal Family History Project at the South Australian Museum. He was appointed Curator of Foreign Ethnology at the Museum in 1995.
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