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.


Pitt Rivers Museum record:
 General Description: Australian shield, made of wood, decorated with incised lines
Accession number: 1884.30.9
Continent: Australia Country: Australia
Dimensions: L = 806 mm, W = 135 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 7 and 8 Shields 'Murukanye', shewing a still greater increase in width (50 and 51)
Delivery Catalogue II entry - Shields from different localities. Wood shield, murukanye. Australia 50
Accession Book IV entry - Murukanye of similar form [to 1884.30.8], broader and flatter, decorated with wavy lines at the ends and chevrons between 3 plain cross bars (patterns impressed and incised). N Australia [Drawing]
Card Catalogue entry - ALF 50. North Australia. 50 = 7 black. Lenticular parrying-shield, murukanye, rather broad and flattish, decorated with wavy lines at the ends and chevrons between 3 plain cross bars; pattern impressed and incised. Original Pitt Rivers collection.
Written on object - (in white ink) "Murukanye" N Australia PR 50
Other information - Displayed in Bethnal Green and South Kensington Museums (V&A). Handle carved from whole. Flattish front is decorated with wavy lines with white pigment in the troughs. At intervals from side to side are plain cross bands. There are some traces of red pigment.
PR number: 50

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