Pearl diving on the northern coast of Australia was originally done by free divers or skin divers but in the 1880’s diving suits were introduced so that fishing could go on in deeper waters. Pearl luggers set out to sea with divers on board often for months before returning to shore. It was a dangerous career with many divers paralysed from the bends or sometimes dying at sea. Ships returning to shore with flags at half-mast meant a diver had died.
“The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.”
~ Grace Kelly
These Pearl Diver pieces are, kiln fired, handmade earthenware clay pieces with leather strapping. There is a cord at the back for convenient hanging. They come very well packed with foam cushioning in a recyclable wooden box. See packing video link at the bottom of this webpage.
Approximate Dimensions 90cm (H) x 32cm (W)