Physical Description

Tool kit consisting of a wallet or shallow box, containing three paint brushes/incising tools and 33 wood pegs. The three brushes are secured in position to the base of the wallet with two leather straps. (1) brush consists of a twig wrapped with twine with two tufts of coarse hair attached at both ends; (2) brush consists of a twig wrapped with twine with one tuft of soft hair attached at one end and three fine wood needles attached at the other end; (3) brush consists of a twig wrapped with twine with one tuft of soft hair attached at one end and four fine wood needles attached at the other end. Attached to the inside cover of the wallet is a pocket containing 33 pegs (small, sharpened at one end, blunt at the other end) and decorated with 26 gum nuts adhered to the inside cover. The wallet or shallow box is fabricated from layers of fine paperbark, trimmed and adhered in an overlay construction. The cover and base of the wallet are trimmed with woven grass coiled bundles using a button hole (check) stitch. The cover and base are attached along the length of one side with a hinge stitched from twine. The outside base of the box consists of adhered paper bark pieces interspersed with single strips of green dyed twine. The woven edge of the base is decorated with attached seed pods, culminating with a large gum nut clasp at the centre, aligned with a plaited wool loop attached to the edge of the cover. The cover of the box is painted in 'pools' of blue and brown paint. Artist's name and date written towards edge, inside the base of the wallet 'Hamm 2012'.

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