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

Australian Heileman or Shield

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1874 catalogue entry:
49. to 51. SHIELD of the form called Murukanye, showing a further increase in breadth.

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Pitt Rivers Museum record:
 General Description: Australian shield made of wood
Accession number: 1884.30.8
Continent: Australia Country: Australia
Dimensions: L = 827 mm, W = 104 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 6. Shield 'Murukanye', shewing a still greater increase in width (49)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Wood shield, murukanye. Australia 49
Accession Book IV entry - Tamarang [sic] of light wood of similar shape and cross-section, decorated with 2 long undulating lines with connecting bars. N Australia [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALF 49. North Australia. 49 = 6 black. Lenticular parrying-shield, tamarang, of light wood, cross-section 'segment of circle' form, decorated with two long undulating lines with connecting bars. Original Pitt Rivers collection.
Written on object - (in white ink) "Murukanye" N Australia PR 49.
On label - Printed label on object '6'. Hand-written label on object 'Shield Australia 275'
Other information - Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). The shield is made of a heavy wood. The handle is carved from the whole. The front is decorated but the inside of the shield is plain. The front has grooved wavy line decoration running from top to bottom with lines of hatching from side to side cutting across the longitudinal wavy lines. The ends are also decorated with hatched lines. Red and white pigment has been used, some of which has been lost. The lines are lightly incised in most places, in some parts it is deeper than others.
PR number: 49

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