- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Victoria River region > Upper Victoria River
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1948
- Acquisition method
- Foundation Donation from Miss Myrtle Jones
- H: W: L: D: Circum:
A long round shield of dark hard-wood. The entire surface is smooth and polished. On the face “Upper Victoria River” has been painted twice, once in white and once in black, both appearing close to each other. On the back there is a longitudinal split in the centre of the body for one half the length of the shield. A similar split continues from the handle for a third of the length of the other half of the shield. One half of the back is engraved with a series of “peckered” holes creating a helix swirl, culminating is a cluster of “peckered” holes. There is a knot-hole on the face of the shield, in the centre.
The Foundation Donation comprises the items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection, which were donated to the University of Queensland in 1948 and form the basis of the Anthropology Museum.