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Slingshot, c1984-87

This is a slingshot, also known as a shanghai or catapult. It was handmade in the mid-1980s, its maker using the fork of a tree branch. This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection held at Museum Victoria. Its overall dimensions are: length 7.20 cm x width 1.50 cm x height 14.00 cm.


'Prophet Isaiah, Apostle St Peter, Sundar Singh', 1936

This is a stained-glass window, designed in 1936 by Christian Waller (1894-1954) for a church in Bendigo, Victoria. The window is made up of three vertical panels, which measure 305 cm x 46 cm, 345 cm x 46 cm and 305 cm x 46 cm. Each panel features a single figure of a man, identified by a name that appears at the base ...


Legras and Cie glass vase, c1905

This is a blown-glass vase made in about 1905 by Legras and Cie, St Denis, France. Measuring 65.0 cm (height) x 18.0 cm (width), the vase is shaped rather like a stair banister. It rises from a flat, circular base, gradually curves in to a slightly pinched waist, and then swells out slightly before tapering upwards to a ...


Bottle, 'Unravelled', by Edols and Elliott, 1997

This is a blown glass bottle, titled 'Unravelled', made in 1997 by Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Measuring 75.9 cm (height) x 11.0 cm (width), this very tall, slender, ruby-coloured glass form rises from a small circular base to swell out in a gentle curve around the middle and ...


Bowl by Edols and Elliott, 1998

This is a glass bowl made in 1998 by Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Measuring 24 cm (height) x 33 cm (width) x 30 cm (depth), it is half-ovoid in form and made from semitransparent blue glass. The surface of the bowl is decorated with a series of curved bands that join to form irregular ...


Scent bottle by Nick Mount, 2001

This is an oversized, elongated, purple-and-pink blown and wheel-cut glass scent bottle and stopper made in 2001 by Nick Mount in Adelaide, South Australia. It measures 100.5 cm (height) x 12.0 cm (width) x 16.0 cm (depth). The base is a tall, conical form that tapers to a glass ring. Set on top of this ring is a hollow, ...


Desny table lamp, c1925

This is a glass and aluminium table lamp measuring 10.5 cm wide x 10.5 cm deep, designed and made by Desny, France, in about 1925. The base of the lamp consists of two rectangular glass feet supporting a square, mirrored base. A tapered cylindrical aluminium shaft supports the lamp unit, which is composed of stepped layers ...

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Trebuchets and sieges

In medieval wars the trebuchet and other siege engines were used to attack castles and destroy defences. Trebuchets catapulted huge boulders, smashing down walls. They could also be used to fire diseased bodies and dead animals into a besieged castle or walled city.