- Indigenous name
- Roromaraugi (Owa language); pauwa`ata or kiekie roroto (Sa`a language) kiakia (Ulawa’ language)
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Solomon Islands > Makira-Ulawa Province > Makira (San Cristobal) Island
- Sir Samuel Griffith
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1958
- Acquisition method
- Donated by T. Brown
- Raw material
- H: 1365 mm W: 200 mm L: D: Circum:
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).
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).