Current Pitt Rivers Museum Information About the Shields Displayed in Bethnal Green Museum

Australian Heileman or Shield

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1874 catalogue entry:
52 to 55. HEILEMANS. Western Australia. Showing a still further increase in breadth.

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Pitt Rivers Museum record:
General Description: Australian shield, made of wood, incised and painted.
Accession number: 1884.30.13
Continent: Australia Country: Australia Region: Western Australia
Dimensions: L = 885 mm, W = 105 mm
Condition: Conserved
When collected: ?Prior to 1874
Other owners: Pitt Rivers sent this object to Bethnal Green Museum for display by ?early 1874.
Black book entry - Screen 2 12 Shield, Heilemans. W Australia (55)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Wood shield, heilemans. Australia 55
Accession Book IV entry - Heileman of similar form [to 1884.30.11] and painted colour, with ornament of parallel long Z lines. W Australia [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALf 55. 1884.30.13. W Australia. 55 = 12 black. Wooden parrying shield, heileman, of long elliptical form, painted red and white with ornament of parallel long Z lines.
Printed label stuck to object - 12
Written on object - Heileman W Australia PR 55
Other information - Displayed in 'The First Australians' exhibition at PRM, 1988-89. Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). Information from John Stanton of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia 13.11.96 - S- or Z-shaped. ?Western Desert, East Pilbara. There is red pigment only on the back of the shield whilst the front has both red and white, the white is in the troughs of the incised lines, the red on the top. Both sides have incised lines. The handle is carved from the whole.
PR number: 55

Displayed in Upper Gallery Shield displays at Pitt Rivers Museum.

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