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

Registration number
3224
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Darwin-Daly region > Port Keats
Map
Collector
Reverend W. Flynn 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1949 
Acquisition method
Donated by Reverend W. Flynn 
Raw material
hardwood
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

A long, wide shield of dark hard-wood. Both face and back surfaces have been engraved with a complex of geometric patterns in thick black lines. The face has five panels, each separated by four horizontal lines. The motif of each panel is different. Two panels have a motif of a square with zig-zag “arms” radiating out. In two of the other panels, the zig-zag may be snakes. One of these snakes appears to be in contact with the penis of a male stick figure bearing a long head dress. The back of the shield is engraved with the same “burnt” lines in patterns of thatch, two snakes are on both sides of the handle which is not mid way in the body of the shield.

Research notes

From the exhibition Snake Relations, curated by Diana Young, UQ Anthropology Museum October 2015 - February 2016

Items 3001 to 3324 were the Anthropological Society of Queensland Collection which was donated at the foundation of the Anthropology Museum in 1949.

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