- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Yugambeh area
- Australia > Australia > New South Wales > Northern Rivers > Tweed River
- Raw material
- cotton tree wood (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
- H: 540 mm W: 171 mm L: D: 112 mm Circum:
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.
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.