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Shield of coiled rattan twined with vine-strip, long with pointed ends
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Height: 90 centimetres
Width: 25 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
"Used by natives as protection against spears and arrows in tribal fights; from Marovo Lagoon, on south side of Vangunu Island." New Georgia group.
Charles Woodford, in a letter to Read of the British Museum dated 4 July 1906, writes of such Solomon Islands woven shields:
They are articles of trade and exchange among the natives of the whole Solomon Group and are I believe, exclusively made on New Georgia.
In a subsequent letter of 10 August 1906 he corrects himself to say:
I have ascertained that they are also made by the bush natives towards the west end of Guadalcanar. They are known on Guadalcanar by the name of "tako" and at New Georgia as "lave".
Wicker shield. Pointed at the ends and brown with pattern in black.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Register reads for collection Oc1949,05:
Given by Mrs. D. Carruthers, Beaconscott, Vincent Road, Selsey, Sussex.
Collected between 1880 and 1890 by the late admiral Carruthers, then Engineer-Lieutenant on board the survey ship H.M.S. Ringdove.
As HMS Ringdove was stationed in Australia from 1890 to 1901, this object would actually have been collected in the 1890s.
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