Shield

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
7717
Item name
Shield 
Category
Fighting
Hunting
 
Indigenous name
Roromaraugi (Owa language); pauwa`ata or kiekie roroto (Sa`a language) kiakia (Ulawa’ language) 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Makira (San Cristobal) Island
Map
Collector
Sir Samuel Griffith 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1958 
Acquisition method
Donated by T. Brown 
Raw material
wood
Dimensions
H: 1365 mm W: 200 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Shield with curved, sickle shaped blade at the distal end. This blade is overall 505mm wide, and tapers to a cylindrical shaft 990mm long. A small carved human figure, 115mm high, starts 160mm from the end of the shaft, which terminates in a point. Visually the shield presents a smooth polished appearance, with each face being a mirror of the other. On each of the blade faces, there is a curved, raised mid-ridge. On each of these mid-ridges a series of 10 small holes - asymmetrical and approx. 1mm in diameter - have been drilled. These holes correspond to their mirror ridge (Desley Badrick, 2000).

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.

Parrying shield. This figure is seated; and the position of its arms and legs, and its prognathic face are typical of a San Christobal carving style (Desley Badrick, 2000).

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