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Camel pack-saddle

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Camel pack-saddle

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A camel packsaddle with a wooden frame secured with ropes. The wooden frame surrounds padded hessian and cloth bags.
Camel pack-saddle, about 1990, wood, cloth and straw, 735 x 1220 x 905 mm. Photo: Katie Shanahan.

This pack-saddle was used by Andrew Harper of Outback Camel Company on recent expeditions. Its design follows those used by Afghan cameleers and inland explorers, like gold-seeker Harold Lasseter.

Lasseter is depicted, leading a black camel with a saddle similar to this one, in Eunice Yunurupa Porter’s painting, Lasseter Story.