Message stick

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Registration number
486
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 rectangular in shape, the ends of the object are slightly curved. It is a medium hardwood that is light brown in colour. There are two main faces one is free of any incised patters and only has Roper River painted in white and the other has chevrons and vertical lines incised into the wood. The two sides flanking the main faces have vertical lines incised into the wood; one has five and the other ten.

Length - 8.5 cm
Width - 1.8 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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