Shield

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
7976
Item name
Shield 
Category
Shield
 
Indigenous name
toolburpin 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
Yugambeh area 
Place
Australia > Australia > New South Wales > Northern Rivers > Tweed River
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1960 
Acquisition method
Unrecorded by Mrs Martin 
Raw material
cotton tree wood (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
Dimensions
H: 540 mm W: 171 mm L: D: 112 mm Circum:

Description

Carved wood shield with handle in the centre; ellipse-shaped; front surface is convex, back surface slightly convex; has several indents on front surface. Bears writing on back surface TWEED HEADS toolburpin in pencil; there is a label attached with the words “Tweed Heads”. Registration number 7976 marked with tag.

Research notes

A shield in the local language is known as 'koontew'. Very faint pencil shows this shield was labelled as a 'toolburpin'. The shield bears marks which show it has been made with stone tools; indents on the surface may be spear point marks of impact.

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

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