Message stick

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
485
Item name
Message stick 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Roper - McArthur region > Roper River
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
December 14, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Roper River Mission 
Raw material
wood, ochre
Dimensions
H: W: 25 mm L: 90 mm D: 10 mm Circum:

Description

The object is wooden, hard of a light tan colour and painted a medium brown colour. It is rectangular in shape and one side is flat the other curves slightly (convex). Etchings of eighteen vertical lines appear all the way along the object on both sides. In the middle of the object (on both sides) is a rounded hole that doesn't go all the way through.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014.

Zig-zags may indicate boomerangs, signalling the importance of an event [Memmott 2010].

Memmott, P 2010, Material culture of the north Wellesley Islands. Research report series 8, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands, Brisbane.

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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