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: [1884.30.6]
Continent: Australia Country: Australia
Dimensions: L = 830 mm, Max W = 130 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 4 Parrying shield 'Tamarang', shewing a gradual increase in width (47)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Wood shield, tamarang. Australia 47
Accession Book IV entry - Heavy lenticular tamarang of dark wood, ornamented with impressed lines, with transverse decoration in the middle of the cross-section, segment of circle form. N Australia [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALF 47. 1884.30.6. N Australia. 47 = 4 black. Heavy lenticular parrying shield, tamarang, of dark wood ornamented with impressed lines, with transverse decoration in the middle (cross-section 'segment of circle' form).
Hand-written on object - "Tamarang" N Australia PR 47
Printed label stuck to shield - 4
Printed label stuck to shield - Narrow shield Australia called "Tamarang"
Other information - Originally attributed to N. Australia. Identified by Howard Morphy 1988. Displayed in 'The First Australians' exhibition at PRM, 1988-89. Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). Incised lines and cross-hatching are used to decorate the shield. Most run from top to bottom. The handle is carved from the whole. The back is chip-carved and is not decorated with incised lines.
PR number: 47

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