ID number ART23818
Title Burial of the native child
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Finisterre Ranges
Date made March - April 1944
Medium watercolour, pen, ink and wash on paper
Measurement overall: 15.4 cm x 17.1 cm

Description

Dargie noted, "One of the native men scrapes a shallow hole in the earth with a pointed stick. The police boy places the child in this and the earth is pushed back. The mother squats down beside it and wails. As the baby was half Japanese, some people may find her sorrow quite incomprehensible; others may not."