Message stick

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Registration number
487
Item name
Message stick 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > West Arnhem region > Goulburn Island
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1948 
Acquisition method
Foundation Donation from Miss Myrtle Jones 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Rectangular in shape and is a medium hardwood that is light brown in colour. There are etchings of geometric design on both of the faces of the object that consist of three vertical bands of chevrons and horizontal lines: four groups of thirteen lines over the objects faces. There is red paint residue on one surface and the sides of the object are red with one having M. Jones written in white paint. There are two holes at each end of the object.

Length - 13.5 cm
Width - 4.5 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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