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

Australian Heileman or Shield

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1874 catalogue entry:
45. to 48. TAMARANGS. Australia. Showing a gradual increase in breadth.


Pitt Rivers Museum record:
 General Description: Australian parrying shield, made of wood, incised decoration.
Accession number: 1884.30.5
Continent: Australia Country: Australia Region: Northern Territory
Dimensions: L = 785 mm, max W = 100 mm
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 3 Parrying shield, 'Tamarang,' shewing a gradual increase in width (46)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Wood shield, tamarang. Australia 46
Accession Book IV entry - Narrow tamarang with shallow, curved face, ornamented with impressed wavy line. N Australia [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALF 46. 1884.30.5. N Australia. 46 = 3 black. Narrow parrying shield tamarang with shallow curved face ornamented with impressed wavy lines. Original Pitt Rivers collection.
Hand-written on object - "Tamarang" N Australia PR 46
Other information - Displayed in 'The First Australians' exhibition at PRM, 1988-89. Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). The front is decorated with incised lines with white pigment in the 'troughs'. The ends are undecorated. The handle is cut from the whole.
PR number: 46

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