Message stick

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Registration number
484
Item name
Message stick 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Roper - McArthur region > Roper River
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Mission 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

The object is a medium hardwood of a light brown colour and is long and cylindrical in shape. The edges at the ends are rounded. Horizontal lines and zig zag etchings appear all over the object. At the two ends and middle is an etching that goes all the way around the object (a circle/ ring). The patterns appear to have been burned as there are burn marks apparent. Has roper river written in white on the message stick.

Length - 19.5cm
Width - 1.5 cm

Research notes

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.

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