Ostrich

Item

Title

Ostrich

Creator

Unrecorded

Subject

Aves

Description

Physical Description: Whole undecorated Ostrich egg shell. There is a small circular hole in the top where shell has been removed. This was probably used as a water carrier, with the hole sealed with a stopper.

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

Pre 1899

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Whole: 160 mm x 120 mm
Ostrich eggshell

Identifier

BC425477

Source

Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.
From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1893 to 1898 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
1893-1898

Space/Place

Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International