Image: Grass tree doll- E013814 #1
Cone shaped doll, or kamma, collected by Dr Walter Edmund Roth in 1897 from the Keppel Island Group, the ancestral/traditional island homelands of the Woppaburra People. It was purchased by the Australian Museum in 1905. The doll is made from the butt of a grass tree, Xanthorrhoea, painted with red ochre. Roth observed girls and women nursing dolls in their arms like babies. They were given to young girls as a charm to produce many healthy children, and were buried with the women when they died.
- Rebecca Fisher
- © Australian Museum