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Predicate Object 1984.156 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, W2733 2017-05-17T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-04-28T04:23:40.032Z 60 war art Souvenir beaded snake made in 1917 by a Turkish prisoner of war in Egypt, WW1 Collected during WW1 by Mr Leonard Orr, a New Zealander who served with the 6th Australian Light Horse, AIF, and served on Gallipoli and in the Palestine Campaigns. He had earlier been refused service in New Zealand. Turkish prisoners of war, captured during the Sinai Palestine campaign, made these amazing beaded snakes. During this campaign many thousands of men were taken prisoner, and by making souvenir items like these, they could earn small sums of money to buy additional cigarettes and other comforts. Men who served in Palestine during the war brought home an assortment of souvenir items, many bought from local bazaars, but including items made by prisoners. Souvenir beaded snake made by Turkish prisoner of war in Egypt, WW1 green and white beaded snake with brown and white lizard in mouth; snake has Union Jack and "TURKISH PRISONERS 1917", and lizard marked: "1917" snake, beaded
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