- Registration number
- Item name
- Message stick
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Roper - McArthur region > Roper River
- Acquisition date
- December 14, 1950
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Roper River Mission
- Raw material
- wood, ochre
- H: W: 25 mm L: 90 mm D: 10 mm Circum:
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.
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.