- Museum number
Model canoe, or canoe-shaped shield (?); carved from wood; model canoe cut from solid piece of wood, stained black, with engraved unstained design.
- Production date
- 1851 (before)
Height: 11.50 centimetres
Width: 72.70 centimetres
Depth: 11.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Described in British and Medieval Extracts (1757-1887) Register as "Canoe-shaped wooden shield", implied from New Zealand together with rest of collection, but on Ethnography Department registration Slip as a model canoe from W.Africa ("Liberia" added), and on Africa collections index card as "[Sierra Leone]". Initially registered as collection 51,8-10 in BM General Antiquities Dept. Register, which number is marked-on and is used on Ethnography Dept. registration Slip, and is currently recognised Register number; (collection number changed to "8-11" in original Register and used in Ethnography Department British and Medieval Extracts compilation Register).(AMD,4/2000).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 1851,0810.1 to 18 were purchased from Richard Mansfield, who was in Australia from 1846-51. The register records: "these objects from New Zealand". This is not correct: the group includes boomerangs and objects from the Pacific Islands. At present nos.1 and 4 of the collection are catalogued as from Africa.
The Register entry for this item calls it a shield; the slip calls it a model canoe and attributes it to Liberia.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 51,8-11.4 (Collection no. altered from 8-10 in General Antiquities and B&M Extracts Registers.)